Please, not rain.

Wait, what? California’s in the midst of a prolonged, severe drought. Shouldn’t I be welcoming rain, praying for rain, maybe doing a little ran dance?

Not with a vineyard that’s nearly ready for harvest, nope.

After threatening rain for days, the skies finally opened up into a rainstorm tonight —just a week or two before I start pulling the first of the Syrah grapes off the vines. The Zinfandel looks like it will be a couple of weeks after that. And with maturing grapes on the vine, the last thing I want is rain, because moisture hitting that fruit can result in mildew and mold right before crush.

So tomorrow morning, I’ll be blow drying the vineyard… with a leaf blower.