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Welcome to our blog!  This is where we post the stories and pictures in greater detail than the nuggets on Twitter and Facebook.  Enjoy!  - Alan & Serena
 

Alan Baker
 
March 1, 2015 | Alan Baker

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We'll for all of you who poke me about posting blooming things while you are still looking out at a bleached landscape of ice and snow, here's what the next few days look like for us. Temps are climbing out of the deep freeze in Chicago but "Ice Pellets?" Don't think I've ever seen that in a forecast.
- Alan

Time Posted: Mar 1, 2015 at 11:59 AM
Alan Baker
 
February 28, 2015 | Alan Baker

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I know this is a similar photo as above but I've been looking at it for a while and realize some of you might not know what's going on up there. The green growth in between the vines is the winter cover crop. There are a number of reasons we plant cover crops. 

  • Protection from soil erosion
  • Building soil structure
  • Adding organic matter
  • Boosting or depleting nitrogen levels

By choosing your mix of what you plant you can dial in your soils so that you do not have to rely on adding fertilizer to keep the vines healthy. Healthy soil = healthy vines. And fewer external inputs to the vineyard hopefully means the true character of the vineyard will shine through in the finished wines.

In this picture you can see that the crop alternates every other row. Each mix has a specific goal. The rows where you can see more defined lines are the rows that have legumes in the mix. These fix nitrogen in the soil and further add nutrients when you mow them and incorporate them into the soil. The more uniform rows are grasses to prevent erosion and then they will mow this row. After mowing that is the row that will carry most of the tractor traffic keeping down dust. Next year we'll switch the rows so one will get the rehab and the other will be grasses.
- Alan

Time Posted: Feb 28, 2015 at 10:06 AM
Alan Baker
 
February 27, 2015 | Alan Baker

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We've finally nailed down our spring releases! We're hitting the road to Chicago for a sneak peak party for Cartograph Circle members on Monday... Also there is a Sonoma in the City tasting on Tuesday where we will be pouring our wines as well.   Interested? --> http://bit.ly/1ExzzXi
- Alan

Time Posted: Feb 27, 2015 at 5:17 PM
Alan Baker
 
February 26, 2015 | Alan Baker

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What happens when you forget to use those off season volunteer potatoes. Almost looks like coral. #cartographgarden
-Alan

Time Posted: Feb 26, 2015 at 3:15 PM
Alan Baker
 
February 25, 2015 | Alan Baker

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Starscape Gewürz is showing why I love being in the vineyard this time of year. Sure there is always something to worry about but the emerging buds and first leaves provide some of the most beautiful scenes of the year. So subtle but pretty darn amazing.
- Alan

Time Posted: Feb 25, 2015 at 11:28 AM
Serena Lourie
 
February 24, 2015 | Serena Lourie

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The juice oranges are ripe! The navel oranges are at their end, but the juice oranges are ready. So all of you who decided to take up juicing this year, come and get our oranges (at the tasting room). - Serena

Time Posted: Feb 24, 2015 at 11:27 AM
Alan Baker
 
February 23, 2015 | Alan Baker

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More budbreak obsessing. - Alan

Time Posted: Feb 23, 2015 at 11:29 AM
Alan Baker
 
February 22, 2015 | Alan Baker

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It's hard to believe but the entire cane - leaves, buds, and potential clusters are all contained within in this pushing bud. The bud, which was formed last year and sat dormant all winter, has the potential crop for this year's growth already determined.
- Alan

Time Posted: Feb 22, 2015 at 10:05 AM
Serena Lourie
 
February 21, 2015 | Serena Lourie

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The property at Arista keeps getting prettier every time I visit.
- Alan


 

Time Posted: Feb 21, 2015 at 4:13 PM
Serena Lourie
 
February 20, 2015 | Serena Lourie

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Anna's fist foray into Cartograph photography. I think it's great! - Serena

Time Posted: Feb 20, 2015 at 3:16 PM
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