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Watch out for mildew: June notes from the vineyard

Rick Aldine – North Coast Grape Supply Manager Happy Father’s Day! What a challenging Spring our Growers have experienced. Heavy rainfall, unusually cool bloomtime temperatures, rain and heavy hail on June 11. The lingering effect of these Springtime challenges will continue into the summer… 2017 has not been an easy growing year. Our drought-busting rainfall […]

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Viticulture Report for May

This time of year, I talk about two things very often. If you have been following our monthly emails for a while I suspect you could guess them. Firstly, the powdery mildew pressure is high – this may be an understatement for some growers in the northern regions of the state. Multiple spring rain events […]

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April Notes From The Vineyard

Rick Aldine, North Coast Grape Manager Continued rain. Heavy mildew & phomopsis pressure. Grape demand exceeds supply. Give me a call to get out and look at 2017 grape opportunities OR come by our Napa office to taste through our bulk wine offerings. You can reach me at (707) 252-4800 office, (707) 287-6073 cell, rick@agajanian.com. […]

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Spring Conditions in the Vineyard

After a wonderful rainy season, many growers are curious what the coming season is going to be like. Well they are not alone! We all wish we had a crystal ball to tell us the truth. I still haven’t found a crystal ball that doesn’t end up growing a “Pinocchio nose.” Instead I look at history […]

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Bulk Wine Season is Off to the Races!

I think it’s fair to say that California is inching toward a drought recovery.  (Well, the majority of California anyway.)  Reservoirs are nearly full, the ground in Northern California is quite saturated and the Sierra snowpack is deeper than it’s been in years. This should make for a booming 2017 Harvest but let’s not get […]

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Client and Grower Testimonials

We, here at Agajanian, are incredibly proud of the relationships we have built over the years. We want to share some of the kind words our Clients and Growers have shared with us about their experience with our company and staff. “Prior to Agajanian it was a yearly challenge to sell small vineyard lots.  Rick […]

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Winter Maintenance

Winter is here and a sense of calm has come to the fields. Though we would like to take after the vines and hibernate until spring; there are some topics not to forget. Winter irrigation is vital to preventing winter freeze damage, blank canes, uneven bud break and poor fruit set. Remember that some rain may not […]

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Unified Symposium

Come out and visit us at the 2017 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium on January 25-26th! We’ll be in booth #1328! “The Unified Wine & Grape Symposium hosts more than 700 booths and 28 large vineyard and winery machinery areas. The exposition encompasses a wide range of products related to the wine and grape industry […]

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Vineyard Team Post Harvest Notes

Rick Aldine, North Coast Grape Manager Summarizing the 2016 NorCal Vintage: “A moderate summer & fall punctuated by harvest-ending abundant rain in October, near-normal harvest tonnage volume, excellent quality, high brix + low pH, great cellaring potential.” The North Coast vintage started normal with Napa Sauv Blanc & Musque picking at 22- 23 brix beginning […]

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