Summer is ending; the grapes are looking great; harvest is near but not quite here. It's enough to drive you crazy! The first half of August was very hot and very dry, so I prayed for rain. Then the rains came and wouldn't quit. Overkill. Next time, I'm just going to pray for money. Skip that whole part of the equation involving work. The pinot noir outside the tasting room will be one of the first grapes we harvest. They have turned a beautiful, almost black color on the vine and show all the signs of being a fantastic vintage. All in all, we are looking at the nicest crop we have seen in several years. We know what to do. Right now it's a waiting game. Patience. All we need are cool nights, warm days, and no more rain. In other words, I would like it to be perfect. Not too much to ask for. This is all part of the process. There is a certain amount of anxiety and paranoia in winemaking that most people never see. That's how it should be. We are trained professionals. Don't you at home try this. For the next few weeks I need to focus on all that has been great about this year and try no to lose sleep over all that could go wrong. Not too much. It's just overkill.