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December 2009

Saying Farewell with an Old Myth for the Holidays
As children everywhere look forward to a certain someone coming down their chimney this week, a look at the roots of this tale
Posted: Dec 23, 2009 12:00am ET
By Peter Cargasacchi

California grapegrower Peter Cargasacchi says that many of our modern myths are rooted in primitive agricultural societies. As he says farewell on his 2009 harvest blog, Cargasacchi explains why Santa comes in through the chimney.


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To Prune Now, or Prune Later?
Weather predictions and the historical record affect decisions in the vineyard, including when to start pruning
Posted: Dec 21, 2009 12:00am ET
By Peter Cargasacchi

California grapegrower Peter Cargasacchi talks about how weather predictions and the historical record affect his decisions in the vineyard, including when to start pruning.


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Cover Crops to the Rescue
With winter rains already starting and more wet weather expected throughout the season, cover crops can help offset overly wet vineyard soils
Posted: Dec 11, 2009 12:00am ET
By Peter Cargasacchi

California grapegrower Peter Cargasacchi talks about using his cover crops to keep down water levels in vineyard soils during the upcoming expected wet winter.


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Preparing for a Wet Winter
El Niño conditions are setting up that could mean dealing with excessive rainfall in California after three consecutive dry years
Posted: Dec 4, 2009 12:00am ET
By Peter Cargasacchi

California grapegrower Peter Cargasacchi reports that the winter forecast is for an El Niño condition, which could cause much more rainfall than the Golden State has seen in the past three years, and will require viticultural adjustments in the vineyards.


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The Heat Is On
Temperatures are approaching freezing in Santa Barbara County, so the heaters are on as malolactic fermentations proceed
Posted: Dec 1, 2009 12:00am ET
By Peter Cargasacchi

California grapegrower Peter Cargasacchi is overseeing the malolactic fermentations of his Santa Barbara County Pinot Noirs and more as the temperatures drop.


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