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Oregon Grape Harvest Down

Due to Cool Weather


Winemaker
anticipates losing 30% of harvest
 

 

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8 Sep 10 - This summer's cool damp weather is forcing Oregon's  winemakers to toss out a large part of their harvests, says this article from Portland's KGW.com. 

"Right now, grapes are about two to three weeks behind where they should be this time of the year. 

"Many of the Pinot noir grapes are still very green.  As a result many wine growers are having to cut-back a lot of their harvest. 

"Forrest Klaffke, winemaker for Willamette Valley Vineyards, anticipates he'll lose about 30 percent of his grapes."

However, Klaffke doesn't seem overly concerned. "In 2008 we were just as far behind or pretty close to same exact spot," he explained. ". . . we had a great October in 2008."

"Experts say 2008 actually turned out to be one of the best years for pinot noirs in Oregon."

See entire article:
http://www.kgw.com/lifestyle/Cool-weather-taking-its-toll-on-winegrowers-102494879.html
Thanks to Kathleen Stokes for this link

"Can anyone see the similarities between this and the Little Ice Age, when England lost its grapes?" asks Kathleen


 





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