The grape harvest is usually under way in Sonoma County by mid-August, but temperatures in the 60s and 70s as opposed to the normal range of 80s and 90s (in Centigrade, perhaps 20C rather than 33C) for the past two months have set things back by about three weeks. The longer growing season bodes well for the quality of the crop in 2010, provided the harvest can be completed before the onset of October rains.
Walking on the fringe of the vines calls for relatively casual dress and that same unseasonably cool weather called for a linen pullover the other day. Linen knitwear is better suited to moderate and warm weather than cotton in my opinion. It holds its shape better and is comfortable across a broader range of temperatures. In the photo the sweater accompanies a linen cap, paisley ascot, chambray shirt, cotton drill trousers and an old pair of slipon shoes. The orange socks with blue spots are safely out of sight under the trousers.