The grapes and I are still waiting. On the news I hear that southern England experienced its hottest September day yesterday since 1911. The temperature topped out at 34ºC, which is about 93 or 94 in ºF. At our house near Saint-Aignan, it didn't get quite that hot, but it did hit 90. Humidity was low.
Not all the wine grapes grown around here are destined to become red wine, of course.
The local white wine varietals, mainly Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc, but also some Chardonnay, look ripe now too.
Dry leaves and fat grapes out in the Renaudière vineyard
Walt keeps bringing in buckets of ripe tomatoes every morning. I'll be drying more of them today, but not in the oven. I took commenter Tim's advice and bought a dehydrator. It was delivered yesterday, and we'll find out this afternoon and evening how well it works. More about that tomorrow...