My mother-in-law bought me 2 young Pinot Noir vines for Christmas. I'm new to grape growing, and I've done some research in the Internet, but I have lots of questions. I live right by the ocean in Oak Bay, South Vancouver Island. The spot I have picked to plant the vines in the back garden gets full sun all summer from about 10:00 am on and is probably Zone 8b. It's on a 5 to 10 degree slope running downhill from east to west (slope line north/south), so it should get the full afternoon sun beating down at right angles into the slope. I haven't tested the soil yet, but I plan to, and then to add the appropriate clay/loam mixture sufficient to add about a foot of well mixed soil, which would allow for about 2 feet of soil above the bedrock. I have learned that Pinot Noir is a temperamental grape to grow, but the conditions here with the right soil, drainage and trellising should be close to ideal. I also understand the the Pinot Noir variety is prone to mutation and mine could be one of about 1,000 varieties. I have no idea which variety they are. They are labeled "Vitis 'Pinot Noir'" and come from "Touch of Nature", a Canadian nursery. When should I plant them? I was thinking early February, before the first buds develop. They seem to be 2 years old, as they are about 2 to 2 1/2 feet tall with a well defined central trunk and three or four 1 foot vines from last year splaying out in various directions. Should I cut them back to the central trunk and train the new growth (2 of the 2007 growth vines), or should I tie the second year growth to trellis wires placed about 2 feet off the ground and train them from there? I read that a healthy Pinot Noir vine will eventually (in 2 to 3 more years in my case) produce about 3 lbs of grapes, and that it takes about that much to make a bottle of wine. So with only 2 vines I guess I'll never have enough to try to make wine. LOL. I'm hoping they're not bad for eating though.