wine & views
Making wine is a long, slow process. It can take a full three years to get from the initial planting of a brand-new grapevine through the first harvest, and the first vintage might not be bottled for another two years after that.
Wine is a living process, not a product. People age wine because they think it’s going to get better, and oftentimes, they’re right. It’s also very interesting to taste the differences that emerge as wine gets older.
Winter is a beautiful season in Wine Country. The cold winter nights make for amazing, colorful sunsets. Also, During winter the grape vines are dormant. While pruning can be done in early spring, the ideal time for pruning is during the late winter, thile the vines are still dormant. Because of the way grapevines grow and produce fruit, growers must prune annually. Fruit is only produced on shoots growing from one-year-old canes. Yes, on rare occasion it does snow in Temecula.
Spring in wine country usually means rain and wild flowers. The weather is perfect. Warmer days and cool nights. The grape starts its annual growth cycle in the spring with bud break.Tiny buds on the vine start to swell and eventually shoots begin to grow from the buds. After bud break the process of flowering begins with small flower clusters appearing on the tips of the young shoots looking like buttons.
Summer nights in wine country are something you must experience. In late summer the day heat is extreme but the nights are perfect. Following fruit set, the grape berries are green and hard to the touch. They have very little sugar and are high in organic acids. They begin to grow to about half their final size when they enter the stage of veraison. This stage signals the beginning of the ripening process and normally takes place around 40–50 days after fruit set. Summer is also harvest season for the grapes. Usually done at night due to the sugar levels and heat during the day.
How can you not love wine country in the fall. Following the harvest, the vines continue the process of photosynthesis, creating carbohydrate reserves to store in the vine’s roots and trunks. It will continue doing this until an appropriate level of reserves have been stored. At that point the chlorophyll in the leaves begin to break down and the leaves change color from green to yellow. Following the first frost the leaves begin to fall as the vine starts to enter its winter dormancy period. The following spring, the cycle begins again
Living in Temecula is a blessing and something that allows you to take full advantage of the local wineries. We enjoy all kinds of wine. Especially Temecula Wines. We go wine tasting as often as we can and proudly hand select what we feel are the top local wines in Temecula. Consider them ” must try wines”
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