A dry spring and heat spikes led to a much earlier harvest for most California vineyards this year. On the North Coast, it started Aug. 1st.
The rains have come now, so the winemakers are busy in the cellar putting their reds to barrel, while the whites rest on the lees in tanks or barrels, or get bottled right away.
The fall winds are pulling the leaves from the vines now, and the rain has started to fall. It is quiet and still as the vines now move toward their winter sleep.
They’ve worked hard growing those plump, juicy grapes – and we’re really going to enjoy the results.
The vines are turning color now, and will soon be bare…but spring is not that far away1