I don’t know about you, but I am so very tired of winter.  Now, not only do I have to deal with spring allergies, but another snow storm.  Luckily, most of us are not at budbreak and the temperatures don’t look (at least today) like they will be cold enough to cause any damage.  Of course, who’s to say we won’t get another snow storm in two weeks?  Ahhh, the joys of living in Michigan…err..I mean Oklahoma.  It does, however, look like my Apricot blooms will get fried — again.  It has been 5 seasons and no Apricots for me yet.

The other night I was asked about why I don’t recommend vinifera grapes in the new handbook.  There are certain grape cultivars that I don’t recommend in the handbook, based on our research — Cab franc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Shirz, Viognier, and Zinfandel.  Others, such as Cab Sauv, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Riesling, Ruby Cabernet, and Sangiovese I did not make a recommendation — they are still under consideration.  In fact on page 47, I stated that, “The consistent production and quality of these grapes (i.e. vinifera) are not yet determined in Oklahoma.”  And that, “…long-term sustainability of V. vinifera in Oklahoma is still in question.”  Most growers have had vinifera for 10 or fewer years.  That is a proverbial drop in the bucket.  If vinifera vines can be grown for 10 years without crop loss (or minimal crop loss) then I would say they are a sustainable (enough) crop.  But necessary crop levels for a winery with a vineyard may be different from necessary cropping levels for only a vineyard.

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