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Coldest string of five days in 70 years
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15 Sep 08 - Many California grape growers are reporting lower quantities due to frosting.

The drop in production is shared across California with many winemaking and vintner organizations reporting the same trend. Some state estimates indicate a 20 percent decrease from last year and one-third fewer grapes than in 2005.

"In San Benito County, we had the same problem as everywhere else in California - terrible weather during the flowering season," said Steve Pessagno, owner of Pessagno Winery.

He noted that from April to May, cold weather and overcast skies created perfect conditions for frost.

"My notebook reads, 'April 12 to 16, coldest string of five days in the last 70 years.'"

Josh Jensen, owner and winemaker at Calera Winery, had vineyards yielding as little as half a ton per acre where they usually produce around twelve times that in a good year.

"We are seeing a very small harvest because we were absolutely slammed disastrously by the frosts during April," he said.

http://www.freelancenews.com/news/248490-grape-growers-feeling-the-freeze

 



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