Heat wave adds to harvest's weather woes
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT - Grapegrowers just can't catch a break this harvest season.
First the damp, cool summer led to destructive mold and mildew in vineyards.
Now the sudden, scorching heat of the last two days has sun blasted their grapes, leaving some vineyards with extensive crop loss.
“We have a few blocks that suffered up to 35 percent sun damage,” said Steve Hill, general manager of Durell Vineyard in Sonoma. “That fruit is ruined. It will turn into raisins.”
The amount of damage varies from vineyard to vineyard.