Wu Wei Flow

Hello and welcome to the Telve di sopra Vineyard newsletter addition number three.  We’re trying hard to keep this rolling along and we hope you enjoy what we have to share!

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In the Vineyard

Bud break was late again, but not late enough as we had a frost in April that killed a lot of the primary buds on the early vines like Pinot Noir and Marquette. We probably lost 20% of the harvest on the Pinot Noir. Not so much on the Marquette because even secondary shoots and suckers will have flowers.

We planted 400 more Marquette vines this year where the Dolcetto used to be, they all seemed to have woken up and hopefully will have fruit to harvest in another 4 years or so. This 400 gets us to a total of 1200 vines or an equivalent acre of Marquette.

I’ve been weed whacking like a mad man, already ran 14 gallons of gas through the weed whacker. I used to be afraid of damaging the vines but after many years of doing this I’ve gotten really good at it and no longer hurt or kill anything but an occasional slug or snail. I’m the G.O.A.T.

We’ve also started shoot thinning and suckering between spraying our organic anti-mildew sprays and weed whacking. I always wish I had more time for this task as it has a really positive effect on next year’s flowers and this year’s disease pressure. We have over 15,000 vines in the ground so it’s hard to get to every vine.

In The Winery

We bottled the 2022 Estate Pinot Noir, 2022 Estate Marquette, and 2022 Grenache, all of which were aged in neutral oak barrels for 12 months. They will need at least 12 months in bottle before they start to open up and can be released.

We currently have 2022 Malbec and 2022 Mourvèdre in settling tanks waiting to be bottled but can’t until the vineyard weed whacking tasks are done. And we have Oregon Pinot Noir, Cab Franc, Estate Pinot Noir, and Estate Marquette still in barrel that also need to be bottled.

The Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and Siegerrebe are also ready to bottle, just need to clone myself first.

We’ve been waiting on the county for the last 6 months to approve the conditional use permit, which was as of last week finally approved. Next steps are to install the mini kitchen, paint the inside, procure a bar and furniture, and lay down a patio for the outside tasting area. Once that is done and the health department and Washington State Liquor Control Board do their final inspections then we can open to the public. So far, it’s been a long multiyear process dealing with the county.

I’m getting married to the love of my life in August and we’re having the wedding reception at the vineyard/winery, so the tasting room won’t be ready in time for that, but hopefully this year!

In addition, my daughter has been selling our wines at the Ballard Farmers Market every other Sunday. She’s been doing a great job and at this point we really need the extra funds that the market brings in. If you have a chance, you should go to the Ballard Market on Sunday to enjoy artisan made food and goods of all kinds. It’s a fun time to be had!

Wild Life Sightings

Turkey vultures are back!!! Lots of garter snakes in the cover crop when I’m weed whacking. The Red Tail Hawks are loving the field mice and moles that are exposed and running around now that the cover crops have been mowed down.

End of the Day… 

“Wu wei flow” is Chinese for doing something intently but it seems like little time has passed or what you have been doing seems easy or takes little effort. Of course, I am using it sarcastically because late Spring and early Summer are the busiest of days in the vineyard. In fact, I have to dedicate all of my time during the week to perform vineyard tasks and things like bottling, cellar tasks, and selling wine have taken a back seat to mowing, weed whacking, suckering, and shoot thinning. These tasks seem to take forever!

If anyone would like a tour of the vineyard and winery, feel free to reach out to us and let us know: dgarrett@telve-di-sopra-vineyard.com

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Take Care!!!

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