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Perfect Summer Weather For Grape Growing, Harvest To Begin Soon

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BENTON CITY, Wash. - Bottles of 2013 wine may be some of the best, once they're on the shelves. The work to get there has nearly just begun around Washington and it's shaping up to be a record grape harvest. 

Right now, most grapes about to be picked are in what's called full verasion. Meaning they're pretty much all purple and they are soft and edible. Essentially at this point, they are just accumulating sugar. 

The harvest is expected to happen a few week early this year. Kiona Vineyards owner Scott Williams said that is due to the perfect storm of summer weather. 

Grapes thrive on warm days and cool nights. For the last decade or so, Williams said the weather hasn't been so consistent.

"In 2012, it was a warmer year but in that year it included the second coldest June on record and the second warmest August on record. So the grapes didn't ripen nearly as uniformly as they are doing now," said Williams. 

The grape harvest is expected to begin in late August or early September. 
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