Harvest 2018 – Weather watch

September 17th, 2018 | Bodega

With the 2018 harvest only a few days away, as happens every year, our attention turns to the weather. At this time I seem to spend a lot of my spare time browsing weather websites – sad, but true. As I have said many, many times before, it then just becomes a question of deciding which forecast/website to believe. Being so close to the Ocean there is nearly always some degree of variation, and there is a great temptation to select only the sites showing the most favourable conditions. Unfortunately history has shown that this does not work, and generally speaking it’s best to keep an open mind – almost to expect the unexpected. Even when every site is showing wall-to-wall sunshine it is still advisable to check at least once or twice a day, as they can sometimes change on almost an hourly basis. It’s often a tough call knowing what to do, especially when the information is slightly contradictory.

For the last few days Angela has been busy analysing grape samples from different locations, and despite the relatively good weather in August, and so far this month, there is still some variation in ripeness, and we will have to pick in a strictly controlled order – plot by plot (weather permitting, of course!).

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