Sonora, CA — Those are the words of Jim Costello of Sonora´s Mt. Brow Winery.
Despite the continued inclement springtime weather, Costello says all is well with his winery´s crop. He points out that his vines are hillside based thereby providing the crop with excellent drainage. Costello says he has been slowed in the pruning process because of the abundance of wet weather.
The critical time, he adds, is the late spring. If the Mother Lode continues to be inundated with moisture in May there will exist the possibility of mildew and mold on the buds. Costello adds that 20 years of experience has taught him that springtime moisture may delay but not hurt the crop.
In commercial production for three years, Costello remains confident that he will have an excellent crop in 2006.
Written by Bill Johnson