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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

June in the Russian River Valley (photos)

The wine grapes are now through flowering and fruit set and everything looks about normal so far for 2016. Canopy management is next. This means all the vigorous growth must be controlled for optimum ripening later by tying and trimming shoots plus pulling off leaves to give clusters access to the right amount of sunlight. Yes, it's a pretty intense kind of farming.

Following are photos from the vineyards of two wineries in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. These two locations are four miles apart.

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Foppiano Winery, founded by Giovanni Foppiano, 1896

Rodney Strong Vineyards, founded 1959