Driving to work this morning, I noticed that I was not able to see the road as clearly as I should . . . and then noticed that one of my headlights had burned out. Not a big deal, except when you drive around early morning and late night hours like I do. No biggee – I’ll get it fixed later today . . . or tomorrow . . . or whenever time allows.
Why write about this, a seemingly boring little topic? Well, to me, this harvest has been somewhat like my headlight – temporarily out but quite ‘fixable’. Yesterday morning, I had the opportunity to hang out with Steve Heimoff from the Wine Enthusiast as well as about a dozen local winemakers and grape growers. We discussed a number of topics, including the fact that national publications are touting this ‘disaster of a harvest’ and that the harvet is ‘finished’ because of the heavy rains sustained by our northern ‘brothers in wine’ over the past two weeks.
Well guess what?!?? We’re NOT finished here – in fact, in Santa Barbara County, we’re due to have our busiest two weeks of harvest over the next two weeks. And a ‘disaster of a harvest’? It’s too early to know for sure, but from my discussions with others in the area, it’s clear that many are cautiously optimistic about what if currently in the fermentors, what has already been pressed and barreled down, and what is still hanging on the vines. So take that!
The current weather forecast calls for nearly perfect conditions this week – warming days into the 80’s and low 90’s with cool nights in the 40’s.
Yep, one headlight out, fixed, and then I’ll be able to see – and write – clearly once again!