Everything is greening up in the vineyards. Perhaps we won’t have any more freezing weather or hail to hurt the vines, but we might. Growing grapes on the High Plains is an adventurous endeavor.
We practice delaying pruning as much as we can, so that we don’t wake up the vines too early in the spring. Some years the buds just break out earlier than usual because of the weather conditions and temperatures. This year the vines are almost three weeks ahead of their normal growth. That means that harvest may begin in July which is early for us. Mid-August is closer to when the fruit in our vineyards is usually beginning to be ready for harvest.
Early bud break creates concern that we might have freezing weather which would kill the buds that will bring fruit to the vines.
Also looking at the little fruit buds, you can imagine what damage hail at this time of year could cause to the pre-bloom clusters.
The Dirt Farmer and I have experienced these concerns for years. If not with vines than with young cotton plants. We have also experienced the feelings with our children as they have grown from infant to toddler to adult. Hoping and praying for the best for their individual lives. Questioning ourselves if we have done all that we need to provide an environment for them to grow? And what about all the aspects that we have no control over?
But the vines and the children have grown, and continue to grow.
The only solace and hope that we have found through the years is in trusting the Lord. Not that the outcome will always be exactly the way we think that it should be, but that as the Lord has planned. As we are all created for his glory.
It is nice to be quiet at times to simple enjoy the fragile delicacy of the moment. The fragileness of life is frightening at times, but the freshness of spring and the spirit of the Lord encourage us. I heard someone say the other day that the past is never as glorious as you remember it, and the future is neverMy your heart be encouraged this spring as well.
What a beautiful day yesterday for the 2017 Texas Wine Revolution! Texas is coming of age in the the wine industry. This was showcased yesterday when thirty-five wineries from around the state showcased their 100% Texas grown rosé wines.
And yes, Meadow, Texas’s first winery was there, too! Our winemaker, Daniel Bingham, and winery manager, Marissa Bingham, were there with Steven Krueger to share our 2014 High Plains Sunset Rosé.
Celebrate great Texas wine with free tastings of wine from the great state of Texas! Wineries from Texas will pour their wine for the public and provide an informal education on the Texas wine industry and their own vineyards. Bingham Family Vineyards will be pouring Dirt Farmer and Cloudburst. Come on out and “taste Texas”!
For more information click here! If you can’t make it there come by our tasting room in Grapevine or check out out wines for ordering on-line for shipping to your home. Just to remind you, here are our award winning wines from the 2017 Livestock & Rodeo International Wine Competition.
2017 Houston Livestock & Rodeo International Wine Competition, 13 awards, 6 best in class champions
Short Rows, Gold, Class Champion, Texas Class Champion
2014 Dirt Farmer, Gold
2014 Cabernet Franc, Silver, Texas Class Champion
2014 Cloudburst, Silver, Reserve Texas Class Champion
2014 Petit Verdot, Silver, Reserve Texas Class Champion
2014 Dolcetto, Silver, Reserve Texas Class Champion
2015 Moscato Giallo, Silver
2014 Mourvèdre, Bronze
2015 Roussanne, Silver
2015 Trebbiano, Bronze
2015 Vermentino, Bronze
2015 Viognier, Silver
2014 Tempranillo, Silver
Come explore the great wines of the High Plains AVA today at Market Street, 4425 19th St, Lubbock, TX 79407. We will be pouring several wines that are available for you to purchase at several Market Street locations in Lubbock.
Bend/ Lometa, TX February 23, 2017 – Fiesta Vineyard & Winery introduces its next can of sparkling wine – Yes way, Rosé. Embodied with Dolcetto grapes, a Texas High Plains fruit from the Bingham Family Vineyards in Meadow, Texas – This refreshing rosé is bursting with bold summer berries and exhilarating bubbles. It’s a perfect […]