Bottoms Up

Beer and wine in the Bay Area and beyond

Rain or shine, still good vines

By Jessica Yadegaran
Tuesday, April 11th, 2006 at 4:54 pm in Uncategorized.

If you’re like me, you’ve been obsessing about how all this rain and snow and hail is effecting the area’s precious grapes, and what kind of vintage 2006 will end up being.

Napa’s Clos Du Val, for one, maker of luscious pinots and cabs, is happy to report no water damage to its vineyards in the Stags Leap District and Carneros. They’re all in bud break and everything looks healthy, according to Al Wagner, the vineyard manager.

Albeit, work is delayed — he’d much rather be planting Chardonnay clones, or rather, an ark with all those old barrels. But what’s a guy to do?

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