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Severe weather affects local wine industry

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The California wildfires will reduce the supply of grapes for wine making which will impact consumers nationally.

In our area, severe weather created its own hardship.

"It was a very odd ripening kind of year. August was cold, September was August, it was so confusing so the ripening did not quite happen in the same amount of time," said Elmaro Winery owner Laura Roesler. 

She said they're not certain how the weather will ultimately affect their wine production. 

In Minnesota, one wine producer is less concerned about the weather's impact on grapes, because they don't use them.

Molly's Winery in La Crescent relies instead on fruits like blueberry, strawberry, raspberry and rhubarb.

"If you have a grape crop and it gets wiped out from frost, we don't have to worry about that," said owner Colleen Stender, "because strawberries start in the spring, fall raspberries are later, so our products come ripe at different times. So if we lose one product, one fruit variety, we're not losing our whole winery product."

Weather will affect grapes and the ripening cycle of other fruits said Roesler, meaning even in ideal conditions, it's impossible to recreate the exact same wine from batch to batch. 

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