All the vineyard is beginning to ripen. The pinot grapes are currently about 19 brix. No need for a refractometer to measure the sugars, the sound of robins in the field indicates harvest is soon. After months of tending the plants, now the task is to keep the birds from eating the fruits of your labor. It is a toss up what the birds like better, cherries or grapes. The birds will fly from field to field when we try to chase them out of the vineyard. There are lots of gadgets sold to keep birds out of the grapes but none of them really work for long. However, a red tail hawk show up and all the fields are bird free. That's when we thank Mother Nature for giving us a break.