Bud Break Signals the Season of Renewal

P1020240So many people have said so many things about Spring through the years. But my favorite observation comes from the late, great comedian and actor, Robin Williams:

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’”

In 2020, the spring equinox (also called the March equinox or vernal equinox) occurred on Thursday, March 19 — earlier than it has been in more than a century. This event marked the astronomical first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

Spring is a time when…

* Temperatures are moderate.

* There is more daylight.

* Birds return to northern regions.

* The leaves reappear on the trees.

* Baby animals are everywhere.

And in wine country, Spring is the season of bud break — that glorious time in the vineyard when the grapevines awaken from their winter dormancy.

Throughout the winter, the vines stood bare and essentially lifeless. But as the temperature rises and the minutes of daylight increase, they are suddenly bursting with vitality, drawing on the energy they’ve stored deep within their trunks and roots to push out the first green leaves of a new growth cycle.

When we see those dots of color on the vines, we know that a new growing season has begun.

This is a crucial time in the vineyards as those delicate buds can be destroyed by a single cold night with frost. That’s why many farmers use giant fans or wind machines, as well as sprinkler systems, to stir up the air and keep the vineyard temperatures above 32 degrees.

Bud break has begun, and wildflowers are blooming. It’s a time of renewal in wine country. May it also be a symbol of renewal for all of us.

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