Bud Breaks & a New Rootstock Celebration!

“Don’t be obsessed on what you’ve lost. Rather, look at what you still have left!”

Those are words that I shared at a recent Rotary Club inspirational opening at the Southbay chapter of Los Angles.

During the meeting, I mentioned that, on my day off from my regular weekly activities, that I took time to visit Paso Robles. I shared how my purpose was to put on my labels for the soon to be released Kinship Pinot Noir and Zinfandel. 

At the Rotary gathering, I shared how it is an exciting time for vintners and wine makers as bud breaks are occurring up and down the coast of California.

Vintners are no longer looking at the drab barren branches and dwelling onthings that have gone wrong during the last year.  It’s now time to be optimistic about the future! 

I call it having a “Rootstock” celebration.

To be sure, the bud breaks that grape growers and wine makers are celebrating are a bit different than the buds that are commonly associated with the hippie era.  

That's because the break out of grape vine buds, caused by the warm springlike temperatures, signals the start of a new grape growing season. 

Winter rains in California have brought almost 55 inches of precipitation to some areas. That is a good 24 inches above normal! In the process, the rains have re-invigorated the vines root systems after hanging on through five years of drought. 

The bud break season works like this. The sun causes the ground to warm up.  As a result, hormones are activated in the roots.

These hormones communicate a message that is uploaded into the vine telling it to start growing again. Because of moisture that climbs up the plant, new growth begins. In a matter of a few short hours branches experience the flowing of sap with a green point “bud break” at hand.

In a analogous manner our human lives are often like grape vines. When things look the bleakest, there is often something that is new that is occurring.  We just have to have eyes to see what is new!

The drought is over. Something good is about to happen. It is time to not be obsessed on what has been lost. Rather, it is time to look at what is still left. 

So, cheers to the new season of spring. And Remember:

“Don’t be obsessed on what you’ve lost. Rather, look at what you still have left!” 

Jess Knauft, Kinship Winery

Debra Knauft