Veraison along Wine Road- the Seasons are True & Constant
Veraison – what the heck? Ah- merely the fancy French term for “the onset of ripening”…for proper French pronunciation, click here. I was thinking about all the ripening that is going on, preparatory to the start of the incipient harvest/crush 2011. Right now, along Wine Road, it is high summer- and yet, there is also a feeling of fall, sleeping just around the corner. It seems like we have not had the heat that everyone “remembers” from past years- but there is often a last hurrah of that in Indian Summer in October.
Some typical, regular weather and nature manifestations of August along Wine Road are:
Foggy mornings, with a heavy marine layer, when it seems that even in Healdsburg, you can smell the sea- we will start out in the 40 degree F. range and end in the 90′s on some days:
Here comes the same view just a few hours later-
The living is easy for birds, fish and the Great American River Otter,
The California Buckeye- “First to green, First to brown”- my dad, born in Oakland, CA in 1918 always said that, and it is true:
Poison Oak (Leaves of Three, Beware of Me!) are touched by the colder nights and turn a brilliant red, giving their presence away!
Blackberries, extravagantly, wantonly wild along the roads and byways, ripen, too.
Lavender, French and English varieties especially, staples of winery and lodging gardens, after blooming profusely, starts to turn from lavender to a wee bit gray, though bees are still happy in their embrace:
Starting to see a bit of fall color in local trees:
And we must not ever forget the phenomenon of the Naked Ladies, dear to our own Luther Burbank, amazing pink lilies, born from pioneers, that seem to spring completely gorgeous and fragrant, like Venus on the Half-Shell, out of seemingly desolate, dry and rocky soil:
Ah, the smell of it (them)!
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