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Weather Means Fewer, Better Grapes In The Region

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Cool, wet weather this summer is having a pronounced effect on local winemakers. Although winemakers won't be picking as many white grapes as in other seasons, the harvest should make for better wine.

Vintner Susanne Becker says Virginia's grapes are getting an Italian-style treatment--cooler weather means good aroma. But the rains of May washed away much of the pollen and blossoms needed to produce more fruit.

Many vintners say they aren't worried about business, despite the shortage of grapes. They'll be using white wine reserves from past vintages to make up for this year's shortfall. White grapes typically are ready earlier in the summer than most red varieties.

Stephanie Kaye reports...

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