Today we are in the third day of some hot dry weather. Most people would call this Indian Summer. In northern California these conditions when the warm hot air from the interior moves onto the coast are called Diablo, and I think you know what that word means. In southern California this type of weather is called Santa Ana. By whatever name, it is a bit unsettling. I was bicycling to the winery yesterday morning before dawn to meet some Chardonnay that had been night harvested and I broke a sweat riding. Normally a predawn ride around here leads to chills not sweats. It feels off or a bit creepy. Luckily all of the fruit that is intolerant of heat has been picked. The only fruit still hanging is some Syrah, Grenache and Petit Sirah. A few days of heat won’t phase them a bit. I’ll be happy when the cool weather moves back in tonight. The many years of hanging out in cool damp cellars has made me intolerant of heat personally. Next week is supposed to bring rain. This will likely force the harvesting of the remaining grapes by the end of the week or the following one. We’re on our 46th straight day of harvesting as of today, so everyone is about ready to call this one in.
- Larry Brooks