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Subject:  Fall fun, finally Date:  10/11/2012  2:04 PM
Author:  fleg9bo Number:  648316 of 882900

After the driest fall since we moved here, the rain is scheduled to begin tomorrow and continue for at least a week. It's about time. It's not just I -- a lot of winemakers aren't too happy about the extended dryness:

Following two of the coolest vintages on record, Oregon winemakers are now struggling to cope with one of the driest. Gone are worries about low sugar levels and worrisome prospects of entire vineyards never fully ripening because of the long, cold springs in 2010 and 2011.

Bumping those concerns aside this year for the state's $2.7 billion commercial wine industry are soaring sugars, which can yield wines with too much alcohol, and widespread shriveling of grape clusters brought on by an almost complete lack of rainfall since July.

Two long, cold springs followed by the driest fall evah. If that doesn't portend serious global warming, I don't know what does. Oh, and guess which winemakers are doing well -- that's right, the geniuses that irrigated.

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