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Do Grapes Flower?

Never let it be said that I’m any kind of expert when it comes to the world of winemaking.  I’ve always made sure whenever possible to remind folks about my constant learning – my knowledge of vines and wines before I moved to the Central Coast was close to nil.Dork

Still, I’ve come a long ways and have had the ability to see and be apart of the entire process of grape growing and winemaking. Yet, I’ve never really thought about whether grapes pollinate because: well, I’ve never really seen anything resembling a flower on a grape vine before. So the question: Do grapes flower? Well, actual grapes don’t flower, but of course the cane’s shoots and therefore the initial buds and vines do flower … but you might never see it.

My father and I are helping a widow – and friend – care for her tiny vineyard (see more here). We had to figure out how to turn the water on for the drippers and while I was looking at the tiny clusters on the vines, I noticed they looked odd. I didn’t take a long time to study these somewhat wrinkled berries as I was busy trying to get the timer working.

Afterwards, I was back on my computer looking for answers to what might have been a problem with these little crinkled grape clusters. For mid-spring, we had an unusually hot week here in Paso Robles with temps in the 90s including one blistering 98 degree day plus, I was worried due to the fact the vines hadn’t been watered in almost two weeks.

What are those tiny things?

Maybe not watering that long did affect the vines but regardless, a long story short, the mysterious looking clusters were without a doubt flowers I was peering at. Grapes don’t have a long flowering period and in fact the whole thing can be over and done within a week’s time, however, these were flower buds, indeed readying to be grape clusters.  Yeah, I’m a dork.Grapevine flower buds

It may appear naive and somewhat silly to consider it a surprise that grapes flowered, nevertheless I had never seen them and don’t recall anybody telling me the process. I asked a couple friends here in Paso but they were not sure about flowers so I’m not the only one who is uninformed about the development of a grape.

The dilemma is the tiny grape clusters and their flowers. The understated if not downright obscure flowering of a blooming grape vine is vague and almost indistinguishable from the early grape cluster stage. It should be noted like many fruit, these tiny berry flowers usually self-pollinate and fertilize themselves. Also, bud break off the new shoots in North America usually occurs in March and takes almost two months before the flower clusters begin. Obviously, in the Southern Hemisphere, the calendar would be inverse.

There you have it. You may never see this almost minuscule process, but it is certainly not insignificant. Depending on the particular varietal and climate, this very short course of action takes place in April and May. Yes, there is a smell; so, if you ever are in a vineyard during spring, take a whiff and check out flowering on grape clusters.

And you’re now smarter than I was.

PS: Check out our May Special – Get the world’s best with an incredible value if ever there was one.

Cheers,

Daryle W. Hier

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Reblog – First Day of Spring

I was going to write about the first day of spring and what you might do but got a little busy.  On the other hand, a fellow WordPress blogger Brandie had a short but sweet few paragraphs so I went with it and reblogged below.

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Originally posted on Sugar Beet Crafts:

Today is the first day of spring and a Vernal Equinox! Finally longer days and warmer nights!
So what is an equinox? The day of the equinox, the center of the Sun spends  just about the same amount of time above and below the horizon, so basically night and day are just about the same length.

It is a perfect time to get your seeds going. You can easily start your seedlings in a window sill. I like to reuse items, so I used tin cans. A punch makes it easy to make labels for your seeds.

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After about  few weeks they will start to sprout and ready to move.

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Happy Gardening! Have a wonderful first day of spring!

Do you have plans to start a garden?

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Remember, if you need planting containers, we have recrafted one-of-a-kind half wine barrels on sale this March – (see special here).

Cheers,

Daryle W. Hier

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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Decorative Wine Barrel with green bands.

March 17th is always designated as St. Patrick’s Day and is one of the more fun holidays.  We here at Paso Wine Barrels have Irish in our background so we thought we’d just give a quick nod to the Irish and everything it means to be Irish.

As you may have guessed, I like history and was going to go into a long dissertation, but decided that was for another time.  I will say the term ‘Wearin O The Green’ simply comes from the color of the beloved shamrock and the fact that Irish took to wearing green as a designation through a ballad from a few centuries back.

So when you see the special like we are running today, now you know where the saying comes from.  And really, don’t all of us have a wee bit of Irish in us.

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Gartha,

Daryle W. Hier

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About To Bloom – Join Us

Spring is not here yet but Paso Wine Barrels, like the newly blooming rose pictured, is ready to break out.  The interest in our product is growing everyday and we’re inviting you to join us.TempoRose-orange

This narrative isn’t boasting.  Our tiny business is a brand new innovative yet simple interpretation of what you can do with old used wine barrels.  And we want folks like you to be in on the boom that appears to be a budding megastar in the happening.

Authentic oak wine barrels repurposed

One obvious way is to acquire one of our cool barrels whether it’s a full decorative wine barrel or possibly a hose holder or what might be the most popular item this spring, the planter barrel.  Again, purchasing our barrels is obvious, but there are other ways to join in on the fun and excitement here at Paso Wine Barrels.

You can enjoy a piece of the pie by helping us sell our truly unique pieces of wine country.  All you do is contact us with your basic information and refer others to buy our full decorative wine barrels and in turn you receive $50.  Also, if you refer and help us procure a sale on one of our half barrels (planter or hose), you will collect $10 for each one sold.  Go to our website for more details – check to the left of our home page where it says $50 FREE.

These wine barrels will become the greatest thing since sliced bread.  Get in on the ground floor and connect with us as we head towards the spring of a huge sensation.

Cheers,

Daryle Hier

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