I'm not sure if these pink grapes are unusual in Touraine. I've never seen them anywhere else, but then the only other vineyard I've ever spent much time in is in Vouvray, where they grow white grapes exclusively (Chenin Blanc).
I took this flash picture one morning when it was just barely light outside.
The juice of these grapes might go into rosé wines. The Domaine de la Renaudie, which owns the grapes, makes good still and sparkling rosés.
This shot is about a week old, when the grapes were just starting to ripen.
Meanwhile, Walt and I processed another 15 lb.s of tomatoes from the garden yesterday. We made sauce. We also made a tomato crumble with ground almonds (poudre d'amandes), shaved almonds (amandes effilées), and grated Parmesan cheese. That was lunch.
We got a trace of rain in Saint-Aignan day before yesterday, and it has rained overnight because everything is wet outside this morning. At this point in mid-September, we've had about as much rainfall as we had in all the month of August (which was almost none).
The dry conditions are good for the grapes, which are ripening quickly. I haven't yet heard a date for the start of the vendanges or seen anybody doing any harvesting in the vineyard.