Grape growers are weather watchers and we are no different.  This year finds us with slightly lower than average rainfall, though there should be sufficient water in the water table to get us through harvest.  Temperatures were warm early in the season but have moderated somewhat.  According to climatologist Greg Jones, ( at the end of June we had accumulated 741 heat units. This is higher than the 1981 – 2010 average (620) but lower than the recent warm year in 2015 (898).  We have good fruit set and yields look good but not excessive.  In short, we’re in a very good place right now with sufficient water, warm temperatures, low disease pressure, and potentially more than enough fruit to meet our needs.  A lot can change between now and harvest so while we are cautiously optimistic, we won’t stop watching the weather.- Bill Sweat, Proprietor