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Sun shines on Okanagan grapes

Cedar Creek winemaker Darryl Brooker, and his daughter, display their Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer grapes. (Chris Walker/CBC)
Said Galileo:
    "The Sun, with all the planets revolving around it, and depending on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as though it had nothing else in the Universe to do."

And this September, Galileo's sun has been very kind indeed to the grapes of the Okanagan.

Winemakers are starting to taste those grapes, deciding whether the time is right to harvest.

At Poplar Grove in Naramata, winemaker Ian Sutherland says they'll wait until Monday to bring in their Chardonnay. Here in Kelowna, Cedar Creek is already picking their Pinot Noir and their Chardonnay.

So how does one know when the grapes are ready? Darryl Brooker, a winemaker with Cedar Creek, brought some grapes into the Daybreak studio this morning, and explained to host Chris Walker what to look for.
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