We are just now beginning to see a few grapes go through verasion.  This year we are running 3-4 weeks behind previous years.  When verasion takes place the sugar content in the grapes is rising and the acid levels are dropping.  The most common way to know we are entering verasion is that the grapes begin to turn colors.  Reds begin taking on their beautiful dark color and white grapes begin turning a golden color.  As soon as all the grapes have turned colors we will start checking the brix (sugar content) trying to determine when they are ready before we begin thinking about harvest dates.  Look for harvest dates in August and plan to bring out the whole family to pick grapes. It is a super fun way to spend the morning.

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