Finally the grapes are ripening

filed under: Wine Country Living posted on August 10th, 2010

We are having a very cool summer here in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. The last few days as I walk the vineyards I spot grape clusters that seem all of a sudden to have turned from bright green to dark purple. This normally occurs here in late July or the first week of August. It is part of the process called veraison. I love the rhythm of living in wine country. Part of it is this important step, now they look more like the prime red wine they will become!

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