Tasting Room : Mother Nature, can you postpone bud break?

Bud break is typically the middle of March, but vintners are hoping it’s later this year.

Vintners say they’re worried frost will kill the buds and that the secondary buds that push out could pare the crop down by half.

For the uninitiated bud break is the beginning of the life cycle of the grapes. Tiny buds on the vine start to swell and eventually shoots begin to grow from the buds.

“It’s been an odd year,” said Adam Lee of Santa Rosa’s Siduri. “It’s been dry, warm during the days, but cooler in the mornings and evenings …  the risk is we could get more frost.

Lee said he works with growers who oversee 200 acres of vines from Oregon to Santa Barbara, and they haven’t seen any signs of bud break yet.

Amanda Holstine, co-vintner of Husch Vineyards in Mendocino County, hasn’t seen any signs of bud break either. She works with 22 acres of vines at the winery in Philo and another 100 acres in Ukiah.

“We’re happy we haven’t see any sign of it but we’re prepared,” she said. “We’re checking our irrigation systems.”

Once there’s bud break, vintners will patrol the vines carefully. They’ll run their overhead sprinkler systems to combat frost, and Holstine is combat-ready.

“We’re certainly prepared when the buds decide to perk up and break out.”


Philippines wine supplier known for its line of fine vintage wines, Yats Wine Cellars was established in 2000 to address the requirement of a growing population of wine enthusiasts in the Philippines.  The wine shops of Yats Wine Cellars cater to the discerning client who requires these qualities in their wines:  (1) excellent value, (2) large selection of labels and vintages to choose from and (3) wines properly aged for full enjoyment.    This wine shop is generally regarded by wine lovers to be the best place to buy wine in Manila.

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Yats Wine Cellars started off in Clark Freeport, Pampanga, an easy 90-minute drive along the North Expressway from Metro Manila.  Category one wines can be found in the cellars of the fine-dining YATS Restaurant and Wine Lounge situated inside Clark’s Mimosa Leisure Estate, just before the Casino.  Yats operates the largest wine shop in Philippines called the Clark Wine Center – an independent two-storey building located on the main road of Clark Freeport.  Shopping in any one of the wine stores of Yats Wine Cellars is always an exciting and rewarding experience.  Wine shops and wine stores can be found in Quezon City, Ortigas, Eastwood, Makati, Fort, Alabang, Metro Manila, Philippines.

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Useful tips on how and where to buy wine in Philippines, Manila, Makati, Ortigas, Alabang, Pampanga, Subic, Angeles City and Clark Freeport are here for the convenience of wine lovers and wine shoppers.

Fine red wine, white wine and sparkling wines are all available in this highly recommended wine shop in Pampanga and Metro Manila.   Their wine shop in Clark Pampanga is also famous for its offering of fine vintage ports from famous producers like Graham, Dow, Quinta do Noval, Taylor, Nieeport and Barros.

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Exchange Road, Ortigas Center, Metro Manila, Philippines

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If Philippines is part of an upcoming travel and holiday plan, wine lovers might want to visit Clark Freeport Zone just 70 minutes from Manila.  This bustling new city that is slated to replace Manila as the new capital of the Philippines has the largest wine shop called Clark Wine Center.  For more information, log on to


Clark Wine Center

Bldg 6460 Clark Observatory Building

Manuel A. Roxas Highway corner A Bonifacio Ave,

Angeles Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga 2023

0922-870-5173 0917-826-8790 (ask for Ana Fe)

Getting to this wine shop in Pampanga Angeles City Clark Freeport Zone Philippines from Manila

Getting to the Clark Wine Center wine shop from Manila is quite simple:  after entering Clark Freeport from Dau and Angeles City, proceed straight along the main highway M A Roxas. Clark Wine Center is the stand-along white building on the right, at the corner A Bonifacio Ave.  From the Clark International Airport DMIA, ask the taxi to drive towards the entrance of Clark going to Angeles City.  From Mimosa, just proceed towards the exit of Clark and this wine shop is on the opposite side of the main road M A Roxas.





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Those visitors who plan to relax and unwind in Angeles City, Subic, Pampanga, Clark Philippines might make an effort to book a room at the famous beach and lake resort Clearwater Resort & Country Club.   This famous hotel in Clark Pampanga is frequently visited by families with children looking for a good place in Clark to see, a good holiday destination for the family to relax and unwind  in the beautiful outdoor facilities.  For more information, log on to www.ClearwaterPhilippines.com>

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Looking for famous tourists spots, places to visit and see, relax and unwind in Clark, Pampanga, Philippines?  You may want to check out these sites also:

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While in Clark, it might be a good idea to enjoy an evening of wine-and-dine in the fine dining Yats Restaurant and Wine Bar that features an award winning 2700-line wine list.  It is located in Mimosa Leisure Estate of Clark Freeport Zone.  For more information, visit http://www.YatsRestaurant.com

YATS Leisure Philippines is a developer and operator of clubs, resorts and high-class restaurants and wine shops in Clark Angeles Philippines  http://www.YatsLeisure.com


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