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Statewide crop fair to good

It’s still mostly a guess, but in general the California wine grape crop looks at this early point in the season that it will be at least fair to good.

“With set we are starting to get a better picture of the crop, but it is still early to make final determinations on a statewide basis,” says Karen Ross, president of the California Winegrape Growers Association.

Again, it’s the early season weather that appears to be the biggest concern at the moment.

“The frost damage continues to be characterized as spotty,” Ross says. “Within the same county, some people have reported as high as 30 percent or more damage and others none or very minimal. The four to five days of unusually high temperatures in mid-May followed by unusually cool temps and the week of high winds that seemed to hit statewide added to grower headaches.”

On the central coast, growers are just wishing for some warmer weather. “We could use some heat,” says Neil Roberts, viticulturalist with Roberts Vineyard Services in Paso Robles, Calif. “I have a feeling we might be getting plenty of it soon.”

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