Each September Mark checks the various plots in the vineyard to check the ripening of the grapes. The best indicator of ripeness in my opinion is the arrival of the birds. This year there are lots of berries and other fruit for the birds to eat which is usually good for keeping the birds busy elsewhere. I am still picking strawberries for my fruit salad each night and the plum tree is loaded. This morning on his "walk about" Mark discovered birds in the vineyard which means the sugars are rising. Here's some pictures taken a last week.