Wine Flavor Affected by Stink Bugs

on 05/07/11 at 11:40 am

Wine

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The Asian brown marmorated stink bug that has caused damage to numerous crops is now a concern to wineries in Virginia, Oregon, Washington and California.

The stink bugs were first found in the United States in Allentown, Pa., in the late 1990s. Native to China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan; the stink bugs have no natural predators in the U.S.

This year, wineries have noticed the insects clinging to grapes that are being harvested for wine, according to usnews.com. If the stink bugs get crushed with the grapes, it only takes 10 of them crushed into one ton of grapes to affect the flavor of the wine. Workers who harvest the grapes have been removing the insects from the clumps by hand.

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