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Monterey County wine-grape growers pray for rain - next year, at least

February 28, 2014

Monterey County wine growers aren't worried about the drought for this season's crop - grapevines are weedy, drought-resistant plants - but they are praying for rain next year, or some of the 2015 fruit might have to die on the vine. The bigger concern now is weather. It's been so unseasonably warm this winter crops are beginning to bud out a month or two early, which could leave fruit susceptible to damage if a rough storm passes through before summer.