Weather & More Weather!

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Looking south from our yard

 

 

A very warm April and early May found myself and most of us in the wine grape industry overflowing with excitement. Finally, a more normal spring after several very cool late ones. That enthusiasm was caped when several weeks of cool rainy weather followed. This quickly slowed the rapid growth that was being observed in most wine grapes.

CH97 block Chardonnay

 

 

 

CH97 block of Chardonnay used to show the early growth in our vineyard

CH97 bloom

 

 

 

 

this block had 90% bloom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALBARINO

Albarino grapes

 

 

Albarino grapes- one of our favorite varieties. I estimated bloom on Oct. 30th of 40% and on June 1st 85%

 

one of our weather stations located north of my house in a young block of cabernet Sauvignon. You can observe the weather on this station at any time from our web page.

 

 

One of our weather stations located north of my house in a young block of cabernet Sauvignon. You can observe the weather on this station at any time from our web page.

We planted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We planted an additional 10.5 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon this spring. This Picture shows the grape about to escape the grow tube.  Be watching, for pictures as they climb over the top

 

Kestrel

 

 

 One of our vineyard Kestrels that has adopted us as home. They are very territorial. They are not afraid of most other birds. They will chase them from the vineyard even when the other birds are much larger,  including a Red tailed Hawk.

 

SHOOT THINNING

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On wed. may 8h we started shoot thinning. As of Saturday June 1st we had shoot thinned over 402 acres. All our grapes are showing their fruitfulness this year. This means we will have a lot of extra grapes and shoots to remove from the plants. The procedure is: My son Macauley makes an accurate count of the average shoot number and cluster number in each block. My son Jeff compiles the average shoot and cluster number per plant for each block from past seasons. Looking at past yields and this years desired yield,  he projects the number of each to reach that desired yield. I use this information and practical observation as I shoot thin some sample plants with my foreman, Toney. I make the final calculation and give Toney that number to be carried out by the crew. I also give the number to Jeff to record for future reference.

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In the Viognier block pictured we were thinning to 3 shoots per spur. Our red grapes are usually thin to 2 shoots per spur. 1st year wood is often thinned to one shoot per spur.

 

 

 

 

 

So McK later

 

 

Looking south from McKinley Springs Rd a week later

 

 

Coyote Canyon Winery Does It Again

Coyote Canyon Winery entered three wines in the Riverside International Wine Competition in California.  For 30 years, the Riverside International Wine Competition has provided consumers and the wine industry with carefully considered results of a blind tasting by professional wine evaluators. A key benefit of this event is to recognize wines in a wide variety of styles, including wine regions that don’t often get such recognition.

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Coyote Canyon Winery’s Downtown Red and White received SILVER at this competition.

CONGRULATIONS.

2013 Seattle Wine Awards Update

Coyote Canyon Winery and H/H Estates Label entered several wines into the Seattle Wine Competition and did very well.

1 Double Gold, 7 Golds, 2 Silver:  Listed Below are the wines that won.

Double Gold:  Coyote Canyon Primitivo

Gold:

2011 Downtown White
2012 Coyote Canyon Roussanne
2012 Coyote Canyon Viognier
2010 Coyote Canyon Tres Cruces
2010 Sangiovese
2009 H/H Estate Reserve Bozak Red
2010 H/H Estate Reserve Robert Andrews Mourvedre

Silver:
2010 H/H Estate Reserve GW Smith Malbec

H/H Estate Reserve Michael Andrews

 

 

 


2012 Was The Year for Coyote Canyon Winery

Coyote Canyon Winery entered many wine competitions and won many awards out of the many awards 42 of them were GOLD.

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IT’S ALL ABOUT SPANISH GRAPES

 

 

 

BARREL TASTING 3

 

An awesome Barrel Room Dinner was planned by Carolyn and Jesse centered around our Spanish wines. A sold out crowd once again enjoyed a beautiful warm spring evening in the romantic setting of our Coyote Canyon Winery barrel room. Our featured wines were: Albarino, Grenache and H/H Estates Michael Andrews Red, a Rioja Style blend of Gracino, Tempranillo and Grenache. The cuisine was perfect and everyone was pleased by chef Jesse’s food pairings. Continue Reading →

Coyote Canyon Winery Owner Mike Andrews Visits San Juan Islands

Ferry arriving at Friday Harbor May 9

Ferry arriving at Friday Harbor May 9

What a great time and perfect weather for visiting the San Juan Islands.

While traveling and showing our wines with Brad Shipley, American Northwest distributors, we visited or tasted our wine at the following locations.

Friday Harbor, San Juan Island:  Roche Harbor Resort, Duck Soup Inn, Island Wine Co., Kings Market, and The General Store.

At Orcas Island:  Roses Bakery Cafe and Rosario Resort & Spa.

At Whidbey Island:  Vale Wine Shop and 2nd St. Wine Shop.

 

Brad Shipley

I was tasting our wines with Brad Shipley with American Northwest Distributors

Roche Harbor view

A view of Roche Harbor

You can see why so many people come to visit these beautiful islands.

Beautiful home of Gary and Kate Dahlstead

Beautiful home of Gary and Kate Dahlstead

I spent the night with Gary and Kate. I enjoyed seeing the progress on the new house they are building.

 

 

 

Are you watching? We’re still growing!

Record growth of 4 to 5 inches in a week.

Record growth of 4 to 5 inches in a week.

 

This photo shows some shoot thinning which began 5/8

This photo shows some shoot thinning which began 5/8

Chardonnay 97 (5/13) Over the weekend we had record heat in the 90's which caused rapid growth in all grape varieties.

Chardonnay 97 (5/13)
Over the weekend we had record heat in the 90’s which caused rapid growth in all grape varieties.

 

Watch us grow at the Coyote Canyon Vineyard

A perfect spring and warm weather make for perfect growing conditions

Our vines are soaking up the sun and it shows

barbara                                               Char 97

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 27-28 Barrel Tasting News

TWO FISTEDDraw Partner!! – SHOOT! – PRIMITIVO – H/H ESTATES MICHAEL ANDREWS.

FROM THE BARREL:

2012 PRIMITIVO- A spicy young wine compared 2010 Primitivo a full bodied wine with bright cherry flavors.

2012 TEMPRANILLO – A earthy rich flavor compared to 2009 H/H Estate Michael Andrews Red with dark fruit, chocolate, and caramel flavor.

Mike Andrews, doubled fisted

 

DSCF0133Mike and Martha Andrews with Mike Armstead.STEWARTStuart Knee,pouring the reds to some wine tasters.