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2010 Vineyard Clinics at Tierra Roja

Dates for 2012 Clinics will be announced soon

If you love wine, maybe you have enjoyed visiting wineries and learning about how wine is made.  Have you driven through the vineyards and admired their beauty?  Are you interested in Viticulture and how vines are managed?  Would you like to get your hands dirty and actually tie, prune, sucker or thin some vines? 

Join owner, Linda Neal, in the care of the vines of Tierra Roja.  This year Linda will be putting on Vineyard Clinics at the various seasons.  The wine always tastes best when you have shared in the process.  Linda will share the experience of 20 years managing vineyards throughout the Napa Valley. 

Pruning Clinic:

A job normally reserved for the most advanced vineyard workers.  We will discuss the same basics as in tying, but then go even further as we discuss all the varied criteria of strength, shoot position, spacing and more.  You will actually prune vines as together we apply what we have discussed.  Your vine will be marked with your name and you can visit later in the season to see the results of your work.

Tying Clinic:

We will discuss how to evaluate overall vine health and vigor.  We will talk about different types of soils, trellis systems, varieties and how these and other factors affect the vines.  You will learn about the parts of the vines and how things like diameter and bud position affect our training decisions.  Then you will have a very hands-on experience.  You will remove dead wood and tie down new extensions and bridges to renew our vines in preparation for pruning. 

 

Cost and Inclusions

$150.00 per person.

Included is a bottle of 2008 Tierra Roja Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Refreshments are included and you are welcome to have a non-participant join us for refreshments.  Shipment of wine outside Napa County will be extra.  All wine sales require a California address for delivery.  Participants must be age 21 or above.  Clinics provided for youth groups at no charge. 

Pruning shears will be provided, but you should bring your own rain gear, if needed.  Even on nice days the grass can be very wet.  You should have waterproof boots or a change of shoes and socks for after.  Clinics will go on rain or shine. 

Class space will be assigned in the order in which sign-ups, complete with payment, are received.  You may fax in your request with credit card information to (707) 944-2597 or mail with check to Post Office Box 430, Oakville, CA 94562.  Dates for future clinics will be announced as the season develops.

On Sunday, Februarty 15, 2009, tune in to NBC’s “In Wine Country” at 6:30 PM to see Mary Babbitt, along with friends from La Toque and Press Restaurants, participating in Pruning Clinic at Tierra Roja.

Along with hostess, Mary Babbitt, wielding shears, are wine country professionals from LaToque and Press Restaurants here in the Napa Valley.


Executive Producer, Mary Orlin and Cameraman, Mark Oltz, filming Hostess Mary Babbitt interviewing Tierra Roja Vineyard owner, Linda Neal.

Erin Sullivan, Scott Tracy, and Mary Babbitt.

Each participant made a name tag for their own vine.


Andrew Wycoff, Lacy Hughes, Charles Kimball, Zoe Hawkins, and Mary Babbitt wait while Linda Neal prepares the tags

Mary gets a safety lesson

Having mastered their Safety Lesson, Allison Yoder, Charles,  Arnel Salvatierra, and Paul Thomasian plan to select a vine.

Up we go to the vines!

Erin and Arnel plan their attack

Kung Fu the Vines

Tanya, Trece and Art Kinberg, owners of Wine Street, a wine shop in Carlsbad, California, at their own private pruning clinic.

 

SHOOT POSITIONING & CLUSTER THINNING

 

Steve Baker and Clara McLaughlin visit Tierra Roja for a clinic in shoot positioning.  They loved it so much they came back every day of their vacation and did five rows!
IMPROMPTU SUCKERING CLINIC

Bill Mullins of Dallas, Texas dropped in with Ingo Schmoldt and friends for an impromptu clinic on the second suckering pass.