Friday, October 27, 2006

Cold nights

Harvest is pretty much over. That statement applies to pretty much everybody not up on the hillsides in the North Bay.

Myself? I'm done picking...
Everybody else? Well...if they still have fruit on the vine they aren't going to get much further - Nature's pulling the plug.

Yesterday morning it was 37°F, and though the afternoon temp hit a very pleasurable 82°F, this morning it's 39°F (you have to love "Indian Summer" and it's 50° day-to-night temp swings!). Hang time won't be an issue, as shortly the vines will defoliate from the cold night temps and sugar levels will start to fall as the vines shut down. Sure, you can still see some increase from raisining, but that's not what we're after in this area - neither are we after ice-wine...
Those who haven't gotten their fruit in yet have only about a week of productivity (at best) for the vines right now.

The good news from this is that the "fall foliage" is in high gear and will be for the next week. Those of you with the opportunity should take a drive through Kenwood, Alexander Valley, or the Russian River, as it really is at it's peak right now.


Blogger caveman said...

I am so jones-ing...Morning temperature here was around 20F and they are talking snow tonight... If I liked the wines more I would probably move there..

October 27, 2006 8:48 AM  
Blogger St. Vini said...

Don't worry Bill...
In a few decades snow will be something we tell our great-grandkids about like this: "It used to get so cold the very rain would freeze up in the sky before it could hit the ground...we called it 'snow', and had lots of funs sports like skiing, skating, ...that's where the term 'white Christmas' came from..."

Moral of the story is "Don't move. The wines will come to you."
Happy Halloween!


October 29, 2006 11:32 AM  

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