Healdsburg Jazz Festival

Louis & I are so excited to announce that our 2007 Tympany Vineyards Cab was one of four premium wines selected to be included in the June shipment for the Healdsburg Jazz Festival Wine Club!  All proceeds benefit the Healdsburg Jazz Festival.  We poured tastes of our 2007 at both Charlie Musslewhite concerts, and at Erickson’s Fine Art Gallery.

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2011 Bottling

On Friday May 30th, Louis & I bottled our 2011.  Due to the weather, not to mention the large number of raccoons eating our grapes in 2011, we only ended up with 48 cases!

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4 weeks after Bud break we have berries forming!

4 weeks after Bud break we have berries forming!

Berries are forming 4 weeks after Bud break. This picture was taken last week. Let’s hope the rain they are forecasting does not knock off the baby berries.

Two weeks after bud break

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One week after bud break

One week after bud break

One week after bud break

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Bud Break 2014!

Bud Break 2014!

Sunday, March 16, 2014. A warm winter has resulted in an early Spring in the vineyard. It’s always so exciting to watch the dormant vines burst open with the first green of the season.

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2013 Harvest

2013 Harvest

2013 Harvest

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

I have many, many things to be thankful for today:  friends, family, health, happiness, and unlike many on the East Coast, a safe, warm place to live.

I must admit I am very thankful I do not have to trap and relocate raccoons (or anything else that might scamper into our vineyard) until next summer!

I know I still owe you the skunk story.  I will make it my holiday gift to you next week.

 

A dozen raccoons, a possum, and a skunk walk into my vineyard…..

I know it’s been a while since my last post, but I have been very busy keeping the animals and birds from eating our grapes.

So far, I have relocated a dozen raccoons and a possum. I’ll tell you about the skunk another time!

The raccoons have been especially smelly this year! There are downsides to having a great nose for wine. Even with the raccoon all the way in the back of the SUV, the windows down, and the air conditioning blowing full blast in my face, I still could not get past the smell!

Half of them have been very big, and as a result, very heavy! Even so, when they run out of the trap, turn around to say “thank you” and then scamper off, I’m glad they walked into my vineyard instead of another where they would have been disposed of in a different maner.

Sucker Progress

Well, I finished weeding and removing the suckers on the upper vineyard last week, and just finished removing the suckers on the first 15 rows on the lower vineyard.

I swear the canes grow as I walk up and down the rows! I’ve been training the canes in the wires as I work my way up each row, and by the time I walk back down the next row, there are more canes that have reached the wires on the row I just finished.

The berry clusters are forming and it looks like it is going to be a big crop. I just picked up my very own raccoon trap, so we can relocate the little fellows before they eat our grapes.