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Next few weeks could bring vintage wine year

Although much still depends on the summer weather, the late spring rains and cool temperatures that played havoc with other agricultural crops eventually may produce a vintage wine year.

From the San Jose Mercury News:

Although much still depends on the summer weather, the late spring rains and cool temperatures that played havoc with other agricultural crops eventually may produce a vintage year.

In a twist of fate -- something the wine industry often relies on -- the cool spring had delayed the bloom by up to three weeks, so when the rains came, they did little damage, said Prudy Foxx, a Santa Cruz vineyard consultant and owner of Foxx Viticulture.

"The biggest danger is getting rain during the bloom," Foxx said. "If that happens, it washes off the pollen, we have a poor bloom set and run the risk of not having much fruit. "... If this had been a normal year, it would have been a disaster."

Terry Hall with the Napa Valley Vintners said that the next few weeks could tell the future for the season. "If we get a bump up in temperature, things will be much better," Hall said.

For more, see: Cool weather, late rain may produce a vintage year for wines

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