Pamo Valley Vineyards

Last of the ordering…

Last of the ordering…

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Today I ordered 500 –  ½’x 6’ bamboo stakes from Jim’s Supply in Bakersfield, CA. A nice gentleman by the name of Elijah was very helpful. I also ordered 500 grow tubes from Cameron & Cameron somewhere near Santa Rosa, CA. Sam Casenelli of Novavine referred us to a fellow named Jerry.  Jerry was very on top of things and took our order.  Both items are due to arrive on Friday. Sam at Novavine was a very good customer service/sales rep and I had a nice experience dealing with him. Unfortunately the plants we initially wanted were not available at the time we needed them so we were forced to go to Duarte Nursery in Hughson, CA (somewhere in the Central Valley, I believe close to Modesto, CA). Anyhow, the receptionist who answered the phone at Duarte Nursery was extremely efficient. She faxed me a list of available vines literally as soon as I got off the phone with her.  I called them back within 20 mins to place my order for the selected vines.  A lady named Carrie in customer service was really great too.  She was able to get me an estimate almost immediately.  She was very empathetic with me.  I expressed the urgency (and stress) of the order and wanted to make 100% certain that all the plants I needed were in stock and that they would be available for pickup on Friday. Sure assured me that indeed they would be.  Pulling all this together has not necessarily proved to be the easiest of tasks. But given my past “project manager” experience, to this point I feel confident that everything is going to work as planned.  Mike has been great in getting the vineyard, irrigation, holes etc ready. Ordering of the stakes, tubes have been smooth.  I got the time off work, the plants are ready for pickup Friday @ 8am and the team is lined up for planting first thing Saturday morning. I’m stoked!  Now the journey to pick up the much-awaited plants!  Mike has the 5×12-enclosed trailer all rigged up for double stacking (we are picking up another local wineries, and family plants as well), a few fans are setup to keep it cool and we have a sprayer/mister as well.  We have a generator in the back of the truck to plug the electrical in to.  These will be the moist spoiled plants ever!  They will certainly have nice ride back to Ramona, CA and I bet they cant wait to get home and in the ground….

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