Rainbow of Ripening
In August every year, grapes begin to turn color. It’s called veraison— the onset of ripening. For me, it’s the second-most-exciting time of the growing season (second only to harvest). The red grapes (which look blue when ripe– go figure) turn pale peach, then pink, then magenta, then purple, then blue. The white grapes also turn, but it’s much harder to see. They make a slow fade from yellow-green to golden-yellow.
Here are several photographs of Marquette in veraison (click thumbnails for a slideshow).