May 17, 2008

Climate, soil position Maryland for winemaking success

(Examiner) - Sitting atop a cooler fashioned with wheels, Ron Wates scoots along rows of vines, plucking leaves to make room for what in August will become plump bunches of deep red grapes.
“The vines are always more vigorous than we want them to be,” said Wates, a vineyard manager.
With a cool breeze tempering the spring sun, Wates could be pruning in Bordeaux, France, or California’s Sonoma County.
But, perhaps surprisingly, he is shuffling along the rows of Cabernet Franc grapes at Boordy Vineyards in Hydes in Baltimore County. Continued

Canon EOS 5D & EF 70-200 mm f/2.8 IS lens