Sonoma County grape growers eager to end 'worst season of lifetime'

on 19/10/10 at 11:24 am

Wine

Harvest in high gear to beat Friday rain.

Mother Nature may deliver one last gut punch to grape growers before this historically dismal season comes to an end. Wet weather is bearing down on Sonoma County, and the rain expected to start Friday could deliver a fatal blow to grapes still hanging on the vine. Growers reacted Monday by kicking harvest into overdrive.

“We are going to be beyond max capacity until the rain starts,” said Glenn Alexander, owner of Bacchus Vineyard Management. “We’ll basically be going around the clock.”

Any moisture at this point brings the threat of a mold outbreak, and with the harvest season already delayed by a cool summer, some growers have decided now is the time to bring it all in.

“Grapes aren’t going to ripen much more in this weather,” Alexander said. “A lot of growers are saying, ‘Let’s end this thing.’”

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