USA; Napa growers burnt by heat spike
While much of the crop was past the bloom stage, a significant portion was still in bloom, according to Napa County Farm Advisor Ed Weber.
Pat Garvey of Flora Springs Winery said about 40% of grapes in any given cluster
mature at a slower rate, so damage could be substantial. "We got the double
whammy this year," he said, referring to first frost, then heat. "The
clusters we had going through bloom were burned to a crisp," he added.
The extent of the heat damage is still uncertain. It depends on a number of factors, such as location of the vineyard, soils and how the vineyard was pruned. No one will know what kind of damage both the frost and the latest heat caused until harvest.
The damage to Napa's three most important varietals could have significant impact on grape prices this fall, especially since Napa is one of the few growing regions in California where prices have remained firm in the face of uncertain market conditions.
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