Roses and Rows

Jan and I spent much of this afternoon cleaning puked up dead fish.  It’s not a common activity here at the winery and I can think of much more pleasant ways of spending an afternoon, but there we were.

Dead fish parts are delightful for both roses and dogs.  We bought the fish guts for the roses…

Roses are planted in the vineyard, and have been for centuries, because they are affected by the same diseases and pests as grapes.  If they are planted in a visible location, like at the end of a row, their unhealthiness is easy to spot and is a precursor to what may be down the road for the grapes.  Roses are the wine grower’s canary.

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