After an exceptionally warm and dry summer, how great to see rain fall this weekend in the Willamette Valley. As I mentioned on my Twitter, this is the Oregon I love, fresh and cool damp air, breezy and so refreshing.
Winemakers usually fear rain near harvest, but this year we need a break from all the hot and dry conditions. The vines need a drink and thinking back to 2013, I like how late August rains that year helped mitigate what was a pretty hot and dry growing season.
I hope something similar happens this year, where grapes that might have ended up too ripe came into the winery in perfect shape. Picking could start this week so we’ll know soon enough.