"I went down to the Black Bear Diner for breakfast and saw half the growers in town there," laughed Ned Hill, of La Prenda Vineyards Management, on Tuesday as he waited out the weather.
"We're not able to be out in the fields where we need to be, which is just putting us behind.
It's no good."
June is putting some growers behind in a season that's generally been ahead of schedule - Hill
estimates this year's crop is about a month earlier than last year.
"Everybody's been asking me what I make of this weather and I just don't know," Hill
"I'm not sure what it's going to mean, aside from the fact that we won't be able to get the work done we need to do."
does know is that it's not ideal.
The grapes are already forming small clusters, which stand the risk of succumbing to botrytis if they can't dry out in time.
particularly concerned for his
chardonnay and pinot vines, which produce more compact clusters that are more susceptible to disease.
Complicating the process is the leafy canopy that covers the vines during the summer, which can hold in water and prevent the wind from drying out the clusters.
"This isn't like working with rain in the winter, you've got a full canopy full of water," Hill
explained that some growers may cut back their canopies to allow the air to move more freely through the vines, but he's
been burned - literally - by that method before.
"I don't know, we're going to have to be carful no matter what we do," Hill
wouldn't know until next week the results of this week's rains, but plans to keep a close eye on his
fruit until then.
"We're going to have to do some careful checking to see how this rain really affected us," he