I started to notice flowering during the 1st few weekends in May. I spent most of my time around the Dry Creek Valley and the Russian River Valley, but I did visit Oregon’s Willamette Valley in late May.
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End of May in the Willamette Valley, Oregon. They were about 3 weeks behind us at Archery Summit! I was visiting Mom and my sister on Memorial Day Weekend.
Late May rains in Northern California wine country hit right during bloom. Self-pollination of vines is interrupted because of this weather event and the coinciding cooler days.
Fruit set = how many flower clusters successfully fertilize. This weather causes “shatter” where vines are not pollinated, aka “coulure.” It can also create clusters with berries of all different sizes aka “millerandage.”
The good news was that my Dallas Mavericks had started their incredible run towards the NBA title!