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Sonoma and Mendocino Wine Regions Prepare For Dry Spell

I've talked to people in the industry, and everyone is concerned about some kind of impact. Growers are concerned that they won't have any grapes to sell. Winemakers are concerned that they won't have any grapes to buy--or that the available grapes will be incredibly expensive. And drinkers are concerned that wine prices will go up. Or, worse, that they may be forced to buy French wine.

Due to a lengthy dry spell in Northern California this season, Sonoma and Mendocino counties face a potentially devastating drought. This water shortage poses an immediate threat to Russian River grape growers and the region's hospitality industry.

Local officials have warned residents that water usage cutbacks may be as high as 50 percent. The dry spell won't just be about brown lawns and dry pools. The first to weather the impact? The region's grape growers, who will be forced to reconsider whether or not to turn on the spigots for frost protection in March.

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February 8, 2009 in Current Affairs | Permalink

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well thats a real reason to worry

Posted by: Shweta Katiyar | Mar 7, 2009 8:27:13 AM

It is a horrible thing to happen, a dry spell. We are in NW Texas, and we are going through one rght now. We are out in the country,and farmers are trying to burn the ground for crops, and a whole town was left homeless and 1 died. Then brush fires are all over. NowI understand how California feels when fires start. We are having them burn for days and days, We had a ranch of only 3000 acres burn,and just dry brush! Poor trees and wildlife, sooo devestating!

Posted by: Karen | Mar 7, 2009 6:28:55 PM

we have had a very long winter will summer harvest be late

Posted by: jan metivier | Mar 9, 2009 11:04:43 AM

hi...i think this is great.

Posted by: TERRI GONNERING | Sep 19, 2010 10:58:16 AM

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