In Episode 56 of the Mr.Wine Guy Podcast I had the privilege of sitting down with Patrick Durbin, Vintner and Winemaker for Seabird Wines out of Napa Valley, CA.
After a cool winter and moderate spring, sunny skies and warmer temperatures have staked claim across the Valley. This summery foundation has moved vines into the bloom phase. Unlike many flowering plants, which rely on outside sources, like insects, for pollination, grapevines are hermaphroditic and self-pollinating. The calyptra, a protective cap, sits atop the flowers. When ready, the calyptra is shed, exposing the pistols to pollen so fertilization can occur.