We've been spending some time in the vineyards walking down the rows, looking for things that we forgot to prune, for ones low down on the vine that we forgot to cut and also for those super annoying sprouts that come out of root stock. The weather here has been quite unst able, beautiful and sunny one day then pouring down rain the next. There has been hail in several areas, in the Ventoux and Gigondas the ground was apparently covered with tiny bits of ice, it looked as if it had snowed one vigneron said. Sunday it rained hard all day, and I mean all day, it was incredible. Then luckily Monday came with sun and wind to dry things out. Hopefully it stays that way for awhile now. We're going to do our first copper/sulfur application this weekend, it's on the early side, better safe than sorry. Meanwhile I'll be keeping an eye out for those vines that need a second look! Next week I'll start suckering which is by far my least favorite thing to do in the vineyards, but this year I think it will be better as I have finally learned how ot download pod casts onto my ipod! Now I have Terry Gross and this American Life to help me pass the time!