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Yakima County Vines Love the Sun, But Not Too Much Of It

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Yakima County vines are just now producing grapes that could someday make it into your glass and winemakers say the right amount of sun will produce the best tasting wine. Yakima County vines are just now producing grapes that could someday make it into your glass and winemakers say the right amount of sun will produce the best tasting wine.
YAKIMA, WA - Yakima County vines are just now producing grapes that could someday make it into your glass and winemakers say the right amount of sun will produce the best tasting wine.

Growers say the perfect day for wine growing includes temperatures in the mid 90's during the day that cools off into the high 50's at night. This allows for the vines to focus their growth on the grapes as they start to turn color. The owner of Naches Heights Vineyard and tasting room says it's not just good weather that goes into making a good wine. 

"We grow the grapes with love," Phil Cline said. "And hopefully that shows up in the glass. But what I mean by that really is that we really dedicate all of our attention to making sure the grapes are healthy"

Grapes don't like it too hot either. Weather over 100 degrees can stop photosynthesis and cause an effect similar to sunburn on the vines. Growers are excited for this upcoming harvest despite some difficulties with winter damage earlier this year, this batch of wines could turn out to be one of the best in recent memory.

So get your glasses ready, great wines are on the way. 

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