Grapes All in Color:

The grapes are finishing verason, the basil leaves are turning color, and the other seasonal trees around the vineyards are losing their leaves.  All a sign the early crush and early fall is approaching.  A month a ahead of “normal”.

Crops are down 30% by estimates due to the two prior year bumpers, the drought and the fact plants get tired.  But that is not a bad thing; since lower yields mean higher prices next year.