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Ready or not

Posted on March 8, 2015 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (15)
Timing is everything, that's why we made a jump start in January to prune a bit early all 11000 vines ourselves.  Normally we have a crew come in late Jan/ early Feb. and prune the whole 12 acres in 2-3 days.  While reviewing the pruned vines in past years, we always noticed a pattern.  Unfortunately, it was a pattern that showed at least one or two of the pruning crew had absolutely no idea what they were doing!  So we had to work with what they left us; often re-pruning many of the vines.  This year was going to be different.  At least, we could rework the vines to create the correct structure for next year.  The weather was warm, dry and our wrists held out for the couple of weeks it took the two of us to prune.  Cut, tied and ready for a quick break before budbreak in late March.  At least that was the plan; a month and 1/2 to "relax" before the 2015 season was to begin.  

But two weeks into February and we've got budbreak on many of the vines. Quickly we move the grazing sheep out of the upper half of the vineyard, lest they find the tempting buds.  And now I'm frantically spraying sulfur in the vineyard, to keep ahead of any early outbreak of powdery mildew.  Alright Mother Nature, bring it on.  We are officially starting 2015.  What's next...?

Sendai; awakened by the moon

Posted on March 9, 2012 at 6:32 PM Comments comments (0)
Arrived in Sendai, Japan for the start of ViniJapon last night.  Just one year after the earthquake and tsunami, there is little evidence of the damage within this newly renovated city.  The people are gracious and there is an exuberance in the air.  At the "Mangetsu Bar" (full moon bar) event, a line-up of organic, biodynamic and so called natural wines were lined up for us to experience the wide array of winemaking techniques; some a little more outrageous than the others.  But the atmosphere was teaming with energy.  Could be due to the full moon, as I felt the hair on the back of my neck rise up to the occasion.  Although snow slowly filled the sky, I felt this insatiable desire to raise my glass and howl to the lonely man in the moon.

Welcome to our new website

Posted on February 28, 2012 at 3:09 PM Comments comments (0)
We are live!  Thanks for checking in to our new website at Rebecca K wines.  Some of you may be old friends from our original home at Maboroshi Wine Estates or newly made acquaintances from our on-going tour in Japan from March 1 to 14th, 2012.
There's still time to meet and taste our wines at the California Wine Institute tasting in Tokyo, Japan on Wed. March 7th or at the ViniJapon Expo(s) various locations from Sendai to Hiroshiima.  Don't forget to begin following us on Facebook as well and be some of our first fans; look for Rebecca K Wines.  Hope to see you soon.

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