Monday, September 18, 2006

State of High-anxiety-The Grape Harvest

winwgrapeharvst-w.jpgThere's high anxiety in Wine Country as the harvest slowly gets under way.

The grape crop is late, yields are down, birds are a terrible problem and there are looming fears there won't be enough laborers to pick the crop.

"The 900-pound gorilla in the room is labor," said Fred Buonanno of Brutocao Vineyards & Cellars in Hopland and chairman of the Mendocino Winegrape and Wine Commission. "In the weeks ahead we will be tested."

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