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Early word on the 2014 harvest in Napa Valley? 'Early' and 'excellent'
Early word on the 2014 harvest in Napa Valley? 'Early' and 'excellent'

Despite a drought and a 6.0 earthquake, the 2014 Napa Valley wine grape harvest is going to be "another early and excellent quality year." That's the word from the Napa Valley Vintners, a nonprofit trade group of some 500 wineries. According to their data, the 2014 harvest in Napa Valley began with picking for grapes for sparkling wine on July 30, with some wineries specializing in aromatic whites such as Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling, picking in early August. That's a bit earlier than average, but not the earliest reported in recent years. According to the vintners' group, back in 1997, sparkling wine grapes began being harvested July 23. Yields for this harvest...

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