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JAN 29, 2014 - Huffington Post

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Napa Valley Wineries Prepare To Take Hit As Drought Continues To Plague Vintners

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — With California in the grips of severe drought, Napa Valley wine grape growers on Tuesday said some vines are ripening early and that farmers are planning fewer crops to save water. Vineyard owners are pruning earlier than usual and on a shorter schedule, Domenick Bianco of Renteria Vineyard Management said. If the Valley does not see late winter or spring rains, 2014 will yield a smaller crop. "Water amount determines yield. If you use 80 percent less water than last year, you could see 80 percent of the crop," Bianco said. ... Read More

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