Thursday, June 14, 2007

Early Childhood Development

In about 100 days the vines go from looking totally dead to offering up fully ripe grape clusters. It's a miracle really. I'm mostly down at the vineyard on weekends, so the changes are more dramatic to me then they are to Joan who toils several time a week and experiences more incremental changes. Watching the vine tendrils lasso what ever they feel like (I'd prefer they lasso the trellis wire) is the most amazing, almost sentient activity the vines undertake, but to me the growth and progress of the grape clusters is the most exciting. I suppose that's because I make the wine. These are some fine looking Syrah grape children.

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