Every year on June 30th people across the country search for meteors in the skies as they celebrate National Meteor Day. There are MILLIONS of meteors that occur in the Earth's atmosphere daily.
A meteor, also known as a shooting star, is produced by debris falling to the Earth from space. People often seek out these meteors, or shooting stars, to make a wish. This tradition can be traced all the way back to 127 AD. Ptolemy, the Greek astronomer, hypothesized that the Gods occassionally liked to peer down at Earth from the other world. Sometimes a star would slip past them and fall through the heavens showing those on Earth that the Gods were paying attention, making it the perfect time to wish upon a star.
Meteors are actually quite small, they average only about the size of a pebble. Nearly 15,000 tons of meteoroids enter the Earth's atmosphere every day however, very few of them actually reach the surface. When they do reach the Earth's surface they are called meteorites.
According to some research, a meteor impacted Tunguska, Siberia on June 30th, 1908, showing this may be the origin of National Meteor Day. This was referred to as the "Siberian Explosion" which detonated with an estimated power of 1,000 times greater than the atomic bomb dropped over Hiroshima, it leveled trees over 40 kilometers away and shook the ground in a massive earthquake.
Meteors are typically observed at night and are visible when they are about 34 to 70 miles above the Earth. They usually disintegrate at about 31 to 51 miles above and their glow time is normally about a second.
The next visible and famous meteor shower to grace our presence will be our favorite of course, the Perseids in the middle of August.
Did you get to wish upon a star this Meteor Day? We hope all of your wishes came true!
Throughout the growing season Meteor Vineyard winemaker, Dawnine Dyer, and vineyard manager, Mike Wolf constantly check out the progess in the vineyard. With fruit set complete now, it's a good time to get a preliminary look at where we are early on in the season.
It was a very dry winter, but the timely late rains gave the vineyard very good early growth without having to do any supplemental irrigation. The property saw virtually no frost issues this year.
The late rains did create some logistical problems with weed control and incorportation of cover crops, but the vineyard is beginning to look great now.
Since the beginning of June they have been noticing a fairly average crop for the 2014 season. Our clone 4 cabernet sauvignon might be a little light this year, with our smallest clone, 337 shows a little shatter.
“Bloom set progressed normally with cooperative weather and it looks like another generous, but not huge crop-a little surprising after the 2012 and 2013 harvests and the dry winter,” Wolf said.
“There is some shatter and we’ll need to see the berry growth before we know the impact on cluster size but should have a well developed strategy on thinning,” Dyer said.
The soils are drying throughout the property but, no need to irrigate yet, which is good, as it will help keep the berry size small.
Dawnine says at this point the crops seem to be settled into a fairly normal pattern, although she does not believe the canopy is quite as lush as usual.
“We are in the middle of our canopy management work to ensure proper exposure of every cluster to promote uniform ripening. Next step will be crop thinning to make sure there is proper balance of fruit to canopy on every vine,” Wolf said.
Mike says so far it’s a very early season, at least a week to ten days ahead of last year with no real hot weather yet.
"If Coombsville has an epicenter, it's Meteor Vineyard." Patrick Comiskey, Wine and Spirits Magazine
"Whether you’ll be here with us or joining from afar, you are part of the spirit of Auction Napa Valley and your donation and support will make a difference to the healthcare and youth education programs that the Auction supports." Napa Valley Vintners on Auction Napa Valley 2014
Auction Napa Valley is a yearly event that allows lovers of Napa Valley's exquisite wines to help support our community while gaining access to rare experiences, wines and events. For Auction Napa Valley 2014, Meteor Vineyard is offering 10 cases of our 2012 Perseid Cabernet Sauvignon to be auctioned off during the Barrel Auction on Friday June 6. For those of you in attendance we invite you to join Winemaker/Partner Dawnine Dyer and General Manager Jason Alexander for a taste. For those not making the pilgrimage this year absentee bids are now available. Lot #254!