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Dawnine Dyer
October 3, 2011 | Dawnine Dyer

Rain, Rain Go Away

No, you’re right – these aren’t grapes. There’s been a mad push to harvest in the valley because of predicted rainfall this week, starting today. Boxes and boxes of grapes going up and down the highway all weekend!

The only thing we can harvest at the moment are these very good looking tomatoes! Unlike grapes, if we don’t pick them they’ll fill up with water, the skins will split and rot will set in. So, it’s fresh tomatoes and basil for dinner tonight.

Believe me, if we were Chardonnay or Pinot Noir growers we’d be out there picking, too. Thin skinned varieties don’t handle rain very well. Rather than splitting they simply get bunch rot. The best thing those growers can do if the grapes aren’t ready for harvest is strip off all the leaves in the fruit zone to improve air circulation and pray for wind to dry things out. Or, they can pick right after the rain before the rot has a chance to develop, providing it’s not too muddy to get in.

The most affluent growers may hire helicopters to hover and dry things out but they’re the exception much more than the rule.

Fortunately, red Bordeaux varieties tend to be rot resistant. For instance, Cabernet Sauvignon has a good, thick skin and a loose cluster formation. And after such a mild summer the sugar’s not too high and there’s no raisining or skin damage from sunburn to make the grapes vulnerable.

The best antidote for rain is good weather and that’s supposed to return on Thursday so we’ve got our fingers crossed for our neighbors and, of course, for ourselves.


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