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End of Harvest At Captain Vineyards

Here at Captain Vineyards we engage our wine members to get involved directly in the process of t harvest of the grapes and the wine making.  Our naturally, hand cultivated grapes and wines, is a unique trade of Captain Vineyards and we like our members to actually see, feel & smell the beginning of the wine making.   Once you participate in the the harvest, you will never look at a bottle of wine the same way!  WE harvested 5000Lbs. of Petite Sirah, 1500Lbs. of Pinot Noir, 1500Lbs. of Cab Sav., 500 Lbs. of Cab Franc, and 2500 Lbs. of Petite Verdot.  11 K Lbs. of grapes from our 2 acres of wine grapes.  as of early November, all our wines...

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Time to Rack the Wine

Aging fine red wine is not a waiting game; at least once per year during the three-to-seven years in French oak barrels, the wine goes through labor-intensive "racking." This process softens tannins, clarifies the wine and enhances aromatic qualities.  And now I understand why racking the natural way, relying on gravity only and not adding anything, really protects the terroir notes in the wine! 

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A PROMISING NEW TREATMENT AGAINST FUNGAL DISEASES

In our effort to spread knowledge of the advancements in SUSTAINABLE and ORGANIC Viticulture and Oenology, we will publish various articles that we come a cross in our everlasting search for education.  Here is one, please enjoy. By: James Lawrence, Meiningers Wine Business International Thorvald, a robot equipped with ultraviolet lamps, is slaying fungus wherever it goes. James Lawrence says this could be a game-changer for viticulture. An international consortium of scientists and manufacturers have pioneered a revolutionary treatment for fungal diseases common to agriculture. The group, which includes researchers at Cornell AgriTech in New York, the University of Florida and Norwegian firm SAGA Robotics, have developed a robot that uses ultraviolet (UV) light lamps to eliminate mildew from vineyards....

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The pleasures of working on the Vineyard

The time of the year to tuck the shoots, thin the grapes & hedge the access growth.  This vineyard is dry farmed!!  Our winery is accepting reservations by appointment, email us at: sal@captainvineyards.com for reservations.   Purchase a bottle or two & enjoy it at our vineyard surrendered deck OR take it home and enjoy it with your family.   We observe the shelter in place rules with masks and physical distance.  

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