This has indeed been an unusual year.
That is, I hope this year is not the start of a new trend in the abnormal. Because indeed abnormal it has been.
But our Italian Riesling has been stubborn. Its persistent low PH and sugar content has lead me to put off its harvest for longer than I ever had for this grape. We have had quite a bit of rain this week, and more expected over the next few days. While I do not expect the Riesling to mature much more this year, a little bit of botrytis may help raise the sugar content to make it worth harvesting. Maybe I will harvest next week. We shall see.