- Malbec a delicious Pacific Northwest redPosted 10 hours ago
- Yakima Valley winemakers show fondness for Secret CrushPosted 21 hours ago
- Washington’s Double Canyon makes national pushPosted 2 days ago
- Ron Irvine’s ‘Wine Project’ tells story of Washington winePosted 3 days ago
- Telaya begins new chapter for Idaho winePosted 4 days ago
- Champoux champions Marquette grape in retirementPosted 5 days ago
- Cab is king at this year’s Celebrate Walla WallaPosted 6 days ago
- Great Northwest white winesPosted 1 week ago
- Oregon coast town gears up for Savor Cannon BeachPosted 1 week ago
- Small Washington wineries ask state for tax breakPosted 1 week ago
Oregon winemaker compares spring in Willamette Valley to 1992
“The temperature and dry weather are somewhat unusual, last time I have seen a start like this was 1992, and harvest started for young vines at the end of August,” Tardy wrote in an email sent to Torii Mor fans on Thursday.
Tardy, a native of Burgundy, arrived in the Willamette Valley in 1990 to work both in the vineyards and the cellar at Montinore Estate.
This week, he noted that recent Willamette Valley temperatures in the 70s and 80s have spurred action in the vines.
“In 2011 we were just seeing the green tips of bud-break at this time, and we didn’t see this many leaves open until June 10,” he wrote. “This year is a ‘normal’ bud-break (calendar wise), mid April, following a very dry winter, only a third of normal rainfall.”
Tardy’s report listed the precipitation at La Colina Vineyard since Jan. 1 at a mere 6.19 inches. In an average year, it would be at 20.95 inches, he wrote.
“Following 2010 and 2011 it is like a dream come true, hope I don’t wake up too soon,” he added. “Spring is here (but you may have missed it if you blinked) or is it summer???”