Yesterday (March 13th) we had the official start of the 2018 season with the bud break on the zinfandel, syrah and grenache; almost the exact same day as last year. I expect the viognier will be along shortly. We now move into our 4th season as grape growers here at Famighetti Vineyards. This winter was already significantly different from last year as we have had only 22 inches of rain versus 76 inches this time last year. 2017 was out of the ordinary for rainfall and helped to end the five year drought here in Northern California. It will be interesting to see how this vintage develops.