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Grape Growers Expect Near-Record Harvest for Columbia Basin

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Farmers say this year's summer heat is bringing a near-record grape harvest for the Columbia Basin. 

The vice president of vineyards for Ste. Michelle Estates says newer vines are reaching maturity, which means more grapes overall.   

An owner of the Coyote Canyon Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills says the grapes are a little smaller because of the heat, but the greater proportion of skin on the grape could mean more flavor.

The harvest is now underway, and normally continues through the end of October. Growers say they hope to avoid heavy rains or an early frost.

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