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Vineyard Update VIII


While I understand that the majority of the grapes in the Napa Valley have been brought in (that’s vineyard-speak for picked), this vineyard in Rutherford remains to be harvested.


And while driving down-valley today, we noticed that quite a few vineyards have also not yet been picked.

With showers forecasted, things will get even more interesting this week as rain can have all sorts of undesirable effects on grapes at this point–from dilution of the juice to mold on the clusters. Or not.

This point in time is a great reminder that grape-growing or wine-growing or whatever-one-calls it, is truly farming and as such is extremely subject to the variables of nature.

You can also ask my sister and her husband all about farming.