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Santa Barbara Rescues California's Hellish 2020 Wine Vintage

November 19, 2020

There were numerous winemakers from up north poking around Santa Barbara County vineyards come harvest time. Especially in search of high-end pinot noir, but also ready for everything from syrah to cabernet sauvignon, these out-of-town producers helped boost grape prices for many Santa Barbara growers. Most still earned less than the usual price per ton, and plenty of fruit was just left unpicked, as the market remains flooded and pandemic-spooked. But the doom days that were predicted mellowed out considerably by harvest, while those growers from up north who'd otherwise lost everything found some solace in Santa Barbara.