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Hydrologic Outlook issued February 12 at 3:18PM PST until February 13 at 10:00AM PST by NWS

...WARM, RAINY, AND WINDY CONDITIONS WILL LEAD TO STREAM RISES... A MORE UNSETTLED WEATHER PATTERN ARRIVES THIS WEEKEND BRINGING RAINS AND WARM TEMPERATURES. MELTING MID AND LOW ELEVATION SNOW, IN COMBINATION WITH THE RAINS, WILL LEAD TO RISES ON MANY OF THE AREA`S STREAMS. MONDAY AND TUESDAY ARE FORECAST TO BRING EVEN WARMER TEMPERATURES...SOME NEAR RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES...ALONG

Today

Hi44° Isolated Showers and Areas Dense Fog then Rain Likely

Tonight

Lo35° Rain Likely then Chance Rain

Sunday

Hi47° Slight Chance Rain

Sunday Night

Lo39° Slight Chance Rain

Washington's Birthday

Hi58° Partly Sunny

Monday Night

Lo41° Mostly Cloudy

Tuesday

Hi58° Mostly Cloudy

Tuesday Night

Lo41° Slight Chance Rain

Wednesday

Hi49° Chance Rain

Wednesday Night

Lo39° Chance Rain

Winemaker's Journal — Vineyard spring

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Vineyard pruning

Spring is a busy time in the Northwest as receding snow and frigid weather demand that all that's been set aside the past few months be done right now.

Vintners who grow their own grapes have much to do outside in their vineyards preparing for the new crop of grapes as well as in their cellars preparing to bottle the previous year's wine.

My weekends are now spent trimming vines back to a couple promising fruit buds, training and tying young whips to trellis wires and checking drip irrigation lines. My tiny vineyard has six rows of about 20 vines each, so it's not a monumental task. I try to do a row or two at a time.

When the sun is shining as it has the past couple of weekends, it's extremely pleasant work. I'm still learning which canes to leave, which to cut back; which will be productive, which will provide a healthy cordon to hang the future.

Cellar work right now requires fewer big decisions. My first task was to take hundreds of empty wine bottles to the dump. I've been saving and collecting bottles for years until my small basement/wine cellar. It was so cluttered I had little room to work. I saved just what I needed to bottle what I have aging from 2012 and 2013.

Next came racking all of my wine from one carboy to another to get it off the sediment that precipitates over the past months in then container. I use 5-gallon glass carboys rather than barrels because my production is small and I like to make several wine varieties. This is a good time to taste the wines to see how they're coming along. So far so good.

The 2013 red wines also contained oak chips to mimmic the flavors that come from barrel aging. The chips can add flavor fast, so it's important to remove them after a couple months.

The 2012 reds and few gallons of 2013 whites are now ready for bottling. I'll get to that a few weeks later this spring.