But remember the stories about the early grape harvest last fall?
|Warm summer meant early fall harvest|
Since October began, we’ve had five more 80F+ days and our Cumulative Degree Days now rest at 2681, the highest I have ever seen in the Willamette Valley, 2500 being the boundary between Region 1 and 2 (Cool and Not-so Cool!). [italics added]A couple of weeks later he noted still more heat, with "degree day accumulations of 2800."
Pinot is in peril!
Cold, rainy harvests with thin, difficult wine are rare these days. That used to be the hallmark of prime Pinot land. Our vineyards here are no longer in marginal sites. The style of Pinot is changing towards a richer, fuller style, and weather may become so warm that it is no longer even possible here to grow Pinot Noir. (Burgundy, the great home of Pinot, is facing the same problem.)
Cool-climate wine doesn't look so healthy here. Pinot will move north or up into higher elevations, and the warmer-weather grapes of California may very well move in at lower elevations.
Notice how big California wineries are increasingly investing in Oregon vineyard land. It's not just because they love our Pinot. As it warms up, they may plant over to Cabernet and Merlot!
And its not just wine. Oysters too. Today's story highlights ocean acidification.
Ok, so here's some mostly happy news.
If you drive your car, you can go ride your bike!
I missed the one on "mud," but the paper's devoted quite a large chunk of real estate to a trilogy on fat tire biking in the mud, snow, and sand.
A symptom of this is the way that conversations about the proposed bike park in Wallace Marine Park have to be insulated against the uncomfortable fact of the proposed giant bridge and highway.
|Proposed bike park with bridge alignment for comparison|