A Welcome Frost

We had a lot of calls today with questions about the cold weather and the vineyard. We posted two weeks ago that it is bedtime for the vineyard. And with yesterday morning's temperatures hovering between 30 and 32 and this morning's 29 degrees, it just kicked the vines into the dormant season. The last few weeks everybody was complaining about gnats, mosquitoes and flies - luckily now they will all be gone. It is good for the vines if we can maintain 30 or 40 days of near freezing temperatures throughout the winter. For everything else, we don't want the temperatures to dip into the low 20's ever. Our young olives look really good, but they're truly sensitive to the temperature when it goes below 25. Bundle up and enjoy the fresh weather. 

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Where the Moon Shines

Every season comes with great new anticipation for some and anxiety for others. Yesterday afternoon, when the first real cold front of the season, came in, I realized,  'That's what a cold front should be like'. When the temperature really changes and you really experience the change. As farmers, and land builders, we live the seasons of the moon and the cycles it brings with a certain certainty of uncertainty, We plan and we produce mostly for those that never dared to look up and create a moon shadow. And once again we say thank you God for another blessed season and a bountiful harvest and a growing season that had its full moons and dark moons, dry days and wet days, cold fronts and heat waves.

The season was captured as the 2013 vintage. And for those that missed it bottled up inside, we will bottle it for you.  As the full moons come and go, so do the years and so do we. As I said, every season, full of hope for some, without advice for others, brings its own joys and pains. And when we say hello, we better mean it because there is always going to be a good bye. Some seasons are short, some are 62 years, and no two the same. We thank God for every season and take shelter in His wisdom of what is best for all. 

KLTV at the Vineyard - First Day of Reds Harvest

KLTV came out to look at how harvest is going given that we are picking two weeks ahead of predictions because of the weather. What they found were healthy vines and sweet, tasty grapes. Watch the video here >>

Kiepersol says the heat is making better flavors because moisture will dilute the sugar content. "The sugar content is much higher because of the warm temperatures we've been having. It's been concentrating those sugar levels down and of course the flavors are much richer and fuller and will translate over to our wine," said  Enologist Michael McClendon.

 

Not a Drop to Drink

Water, water everywhere...we have indeed had waves of much needed rain pass through East Texas in the last two weeks. The rain in general is a good thing for the grapes, but even better, is the fact that our vineyards don’t see the intense severity of the storms. We were able to capture a couple of radar images of the storm dividing as it approached our area. We know that the Bullard Salt Dome does in fact change the magnetic field in our area, and it causes a beautiful chain reaction. We have less severe storms and less overall rainfall than a few miles north and south of Kiepersol. One of the tell tale signs of this reaction is taking a drive down US 69 from south Tyler to Love's Lookout. The pine trees stop about a mile north of the Bullard city limits, then begin again about 3-4 miles south of the Bullard city limits. Thank you salt dome? No, thank you God.

Summer Solstice

Grapes once verasion is in full swing.

Today (or last night) at 12:04 AM marked the summer solstice for the Northern Hemisphere.  It is around this time that the grapes undergo the process known as verasion where the pigment begins to form and the grapes on set in motion to ripeness.  We will be monitoring the vineyard very closely to see when the action will begin to take place as nature will once again put on a show.