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Thank the (Mostly) Merciful Wine Gods

Why the damage could have been worse.


Because most of the grapes were still on the vines when the earthquake hit, not much of this year’s harvest was spilled: Look for the first whites and rosés next spring and most reds sometime in 2016. But even before the earthquake, 2014 handed winemakers a big wild card—namely, the drought. Fortunately, it could have been worse.

“Obviously, water was a big issue," said Scott McLeod, consulting winemaker with wineries from Paso Robles to Napa."Drought conditions tend to create an
early spring and early harvest, which it did this year. February rains saved us right when the vines needed it.”



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Originally published in the October issue of San Francisco

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