Practically overnight

The leaves on our ‘Roger’s Red’ grapevines changed from green to a vibrant red–seemingly overnight. Another sign from the garden that the season is changing. They’re so pretty I had to post some pictures:

The color of the "Roger's Red' is almost electric.

The Vitis ‘Roger’s Red,’ a hybrid of a California native and a commercial variety of Vitis vinifera called ‘Alicante Bouschet’, was first spotted in Sonoma County. The little purple grapes, which appear in late summer, are edible and we could probably make wine from them. But we haven’t tried.

The backside of a leaf.

Luckily, the leaves will still be around for Thanksgiving, adding a splash of fall color to the festivities. (There they are in the photo at the top of my homepage, which was taken on Thanksgiving, 2010.) One more thing to be thankful for.


About cdhla

I'm a former editor at several lifestyle magazines who's been freelancing since moving from NYC to LA. I call my blog The Chipped Platter to remind us that chips are better than perfection. The platter in question, a round one made by Gien, has traveled the world with me, visited with friends and family, celebrated milestones, and offered sustenance. My cherished Chipped Platter is part of the family. (I love my chipped plates, too!) On this blog, I'll be sharing my adventures of cooking for my family and friends, venturing out into restaurants and learning tips from people I meet. Come along!
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