At a Sonoma Country Grape Grower’s meeting yesterday, they said that many of the vineyards have powdery mildew because of the moisture. We are also 3 weeks delayed in ripening due to the lack of sun. My pinot noir vines are just started to go through verasion (change from green to purple). There are those who are predicting a long, warm Indian Summer. I hope they are right. If so, this cooler longer ripening period could actually mean a high-quality harvest for Sonoma County. Only time will tell.