The grape harvest, as with all the pears and apples in the Hood River
Valley, will be affected by the late spring, and cool summer weather. Right
now, we are later than last year, which was a record for lateness. The grape
growers are doing all they can to help the grapes mature. We have done shoot
thinning, leaf pulling, cluster thinning, nutrient sprays, silver mylar film
on the ground to reflect more sunlight into the vines; anything we can think
of to help. The warmer September helped. The unfortunate problem is that
fall, and the fall freezes and rains, seem to come on time in mid October.
So our growing season gets shortened on the finishing end. Just like the
tomatoes ripened late if at all, so it is with the grapes. We have measured
some sugars, and will be receiving a few grapes by the 10th of October. But
we will be making wine!! Cheers!