Wash., Ore. growers evaluate freeze damage, harvest ice wine grapes early

12/12/2013 | Wines & Vines magazine online

Washington and Oregon wine regions have experienced record heat, heavy rains and now subzero temperatures, potentially damaging vines that have survived so far. The past weekend had temperatures from minus 2 degrees to minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit, damaging some vines, but also providing an early harvest of ice wine grapes. "We are likely to see a little bit of everything this winter, as evidenced already by the record-setting wet September," said Southern Oregon University professor Greg Jones.

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