The fruit has set at Page Springs Cellars in the Verde Valley. It’s a time of watching and waiting for new vineyard manager Melinda Costigan. We’re in the Page Springs Cellars Estate Vineyard where the flagship Syrah grapes are growing. Costigan is waiting for veraison, the onset of ripening, which can be seen by a color change and felt in the fruit softening as sugar production increases. During this time, she’s watching for any issues, controlling drip irrigation, and awaiting the coming monsoon rains.