#VineWatch13: Week 4!

Steady as she goes for our vines this week; our Lytton Springs vine has been pruned, and is now settling back into its pre-spring routine, whereas our Monte Bello vine is still to go under the clippers; I’m told we’re about two weeks away at this point, but stay tuned!

And in just writing the sentence above, it occurs to me that every time I write about these lovely vines, I get irritated about how to refer to them: “it” seems far too impersonal, almost demeaning, but arbitrarily assigning gender seems odd; is one a she, the other a he? Are they both male? Both female?

And to just keep calling them “vine” seems kind of … well … boring. The vine did this, the vine did that …

So, perhaps we should give them names?

And perhaps we should have YOU give them names?

In fact, perhaps we should have a CONTEST for you to give them names?

Whaddya think?

Just look …


Lytton Springs


Monte Bello

Shall you name them? Should we have a contest? Would YOU win?


Please stay tuned as we follow our lovely vines through the 2013 vintage!

We’re onlyfour weeks in so far, but for a quick look back, please enjoy the links below:

Week 3

Week 2-Lytton Springs
Week 2-Monte Bello

Week 1

(if you’re following #RidgeVineyards on Twitter, you can also track VineWatch 2013 by specifically filtering for the following hashtag: #VineWatch13)

Categories: Lytton Springs, Monte Bello


2 replies

  1. Enjoying #vinewatch. On the subject of naming, I vaguely recall once reading about a farmer who extended names to all of his milk cows to help increase productivity. Researchers later did a study on the subject. I don’t know if the vines would yield more (or better) fruit, but it might be fun to adopt them.

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