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A Shinn & Son employee sows cover crops between rows of old-vine zinfandel near Lodi. Winegrape grower and vineyard manager John Shinn said he wrapped up harvest of his last vineyard just before October’s atmospheric river. Overall, the 2021 grape harvest will be similar to 2020, and oversupply issues have all but disappeared, according to grape growers.
Photo/Kevin Hecteman
Winegrape harvest up slightly from 2020
Between wildfire smoke and the drought, California winegrape growers have been having a rough couple of years. Too much smoke during the 2020 fire season led to a wave of smoke-exposure rejections from wineries, while 2021's drought and heat led to thirsty vines struggling to support the crop. Read more...

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