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first_imgEmail Pinterest Linkedin Home Industry News Releases 2020 Winegrowing Season Begins in Sonoma CountyIndustry News ReleasesWine Business2020 Winegrowing Season Begins in Sonoma CountyBy Press Release – February 25, 2020 474 0 Facebook TAGSSonoma County Winegrowers Twitter AdvertisementBud Break Spotted in Several Vineyards Signifying an Awakening of the VinesSANTA ROSA, Calif.  (February 24, 2020) – As warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine continue to dominate the local forecast, signs of an early grape growing season have been observed in Sonoma County.Over the past week, several winegrowers throughout Sonoma County have spotted “bud break” in vineyards. This annual event in the life cycle of grapevines is apparent when small green buds that are fuzzy in appearance first appear on the vine. Typically, this signals that vineyards are coming out of the dormant state they assume during the winter months, and that the year’s vintage is under way.One concern of an early bud break is potential damage to the vines should a late-season frost appear in spring. Grapevines are more susceptible to frost damage after they have awakened from dormancy. “Bud break is a welcome sign as long as weather remains mild,” said Duff Bevill of Bevill Vineyard Management, “Once the buds pop, you’re vulnerable to frost.”While bud break generally begins in March, it is not uncommon to see it as early as February. In 2019, a much colder, wet winter saw the start of the season in mid-March. In 2018 bud break started in mid-February.“This year’s appearance of bud break is a little earlier than our local winegrowers would consider ‘average,’” commented Karissa Kruse, President of Sonoma County Winegrowers, “However, a late February bud break is not uncommon in warm, sunny years. It’s always exciting to see the vines come out of dormancy and kick off the vintage. This early spring weather has also been an welcome invitation for wine lovers to come visit our vineyards and wineries and enjoy the sun.”The appearance of bud break has been reported in Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley and Petaluma Gap. With more warm temperatures in the forecast this week, bud break is expected to be more widely reported in the coming days.About Sonoma County Winegrowers:The Sonoma County Winegrape Commission, also known as Sonoma County Winegrowers (SCW), was established in 2006 as a marketing and educational organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier grape growing regions. SCW has oversight by California Department of Food and Agriculture which supports producer regions. With more than 1,800 growers, SCW’s goal is to increase awareness and recognition of the quality and diversity of Sonoma County’s grapes and wines through dynamic marketing and educational programs targeted to wine consumers around the world.In January 2014, SCW committed to becoming the nation’s first 100% sustainable winegrowing region in 2019. As of September 12, 2019, 99% of the vineyard acreage in Sonoma County has completed certification by a third-party auditor making Sonoma County the most sustainable wine region in the world.  SCW’s sustainability efforts have been recognized with California’s highest environmental honor, the 2016 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA).  Learn more at www.sonomawinegrape.orgAdvertisement ReddIt Share Previous articleBacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction Raises $256,000 for Bard on the Beach Shakespeare FestivalNext articleRepublic National Distributing Company Names National Account Leaders Press Releaselast_img read more

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first_imgMore from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Ottawa, Ontario— Canadian eventing riders had success at the recently held Midsouth CCI* Three Day Event, held October 18 – 22 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, USA.Michele Mueller of Port Perry, ON took top honours in the CCI* Open division aboard the seven-year-old Canadian Thoroughbred cross gelding, Amistad, owned by Julie Pring.The pair led the division from start to finish, starting with a score of 43.8 in the dressage phase before moving on to put in a faultless cross country round over the course designed by Derek Di Grazia of the USA. After lowering just one rail in the show jumping phase to incur four faults, Mueller held first place with a final score of 47.8.“I was very happy with Amistad. He’s had a stellar year,” stated Mueller, who began leasing him in 2005. “The cross-country course was challenging, but Amistad was very confidant to the jumps, especially for a fairly green horse.”Fellow Canadian rider Lindsay Mahon of Schomberg, ON finished fifth riding his seven-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Not Your Average Joe. After a score of 66 in the dressage phase, they completed the cross-country phase with no jumping, but 2 time faults. A clear show jumping round made their final score 68.Finishing in eighth position was Bob Holman of Hawkestone, ON, paired with Nancie Evans’ 11-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Catmantoo. The pair scored 69.6 in dressage, and moved on to complete a clear cross-country round. After lowering two rails in the show jumping round for eight faults, their final score was 77.6.Jessica Ruppel of Ravenna, ON finished just behind Holman in ninth place riding eventing veteran Peter Gray’s eight-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Double Diamond. The duo scored 61.7 in dressage, and also put in a clear cross-country round, finishing with 20 jumping faults in show jumping for a final score of 81.7. Also placing in the Open division was Sandra McDonald of Cavan, ON, who finished 15th with a final score of 114.4 riding The Fugitive, her 16-year-old New Zealand bred gelding.The CCI* Regular division saw Daelin Verkindt of Terra Cotta, ON finish 13th, partnered with the nine-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Simply Ben. After scoring 69.3 in the dressage phase, the pair added no cross-country faults, and lowered just one rail in show jumping to add four faults for a final score of 73.3. Shawn Ferguson of Caledon, ON also contested the CCI* division, earning a final score of 103.5 for 21st place with Christine Merrill’s 15-year-old Canadian Thoroughbred gelding Leatherhead.“I’ve always liked the Kentucky area, and the Kentucky Horse Park is beautiful,” commented Mueller. “There was a lot of rain, but the footing held up quite nicely.” SIGN UP last_img read more

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