Last week began with moderate temperatures and dry weather, but by Wednesday, September 24th the southern edge of a storm passed through and we received rain. Alexander Valley received more rainfall than Napa, but in general, amounts were about a quarter of an inch. Then on Friday there was a surprise thunder storm with widely varying rainfall amounts and intense hail in the southwest part of Napa. Rainfall varied from next to nothing to close to an inch. This wet weather slowed down ripening, but the soil and canopies dried out and we were able to finish harvest.