Short crop bad for growers, good for consumers
Daryl Tenbrink, center, uses a tool to punch down the skins of fermented wine grapes, with the assistance of Jake Howard, right, at Tenbrink Winery, in Suisun Valley on Thursday. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)
SUISUN VALLEY — Solano County's wine grape crop is going to produce about half its usual yield, and will likely mean the third straight year the crop's gross value will be on the decline.
"If you are a grower, it's not a good thing, because you are looking at half your income," said Roger King, president of the Suisun Valley Vintners and Growers Association and owner of King Andrews Vineyards.
However, the lower yield also will likely produce better quality wines, which consumers will start seeing on the shelves and in restaurants in six months to two years, depending on the kind of wine. Continue Reading