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On this date last year, we were busy harvesting our Turán (Agria) grapes. A warm 2015 August gave the grapes a decent Brix of 20, and we decided to harvest at that time as the weather was rapidly cooling with rains approaching.

This year, the month on August is almost the complete opposite from 2015. Most of the month to date has experienced below average temperatures with only now a late warming trend occuring.

Local August temperatures for 2015 and 2016 and the long term historical average. Data source: http://www.accuweather.com

Local August temperatures for 2015 and 2016 and the long term historical average. Data source: http://www.accuweather.com

And the grapes this year, and today, are only at a Brix of 18. So they will not be harvested this month.

Current Turán (Agria) grape Brix of about 18.

Current Turán (Agria) grape Brix of about 18.

Which goes to show, even in a warming climate, and even in a year with a world wide average trend being the hottest year on record, it is still what happens locally that matters most in the end.

For now, we will just let the grapes hang on the vines.

For now, we will just let the grapes hang on the vines.

 

 

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