SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 27, 2013)—In recent years cool temperatures slowed ripening and kept grapes on the vine until fall, but this year growers in the nation's premier wine region are facing a heat wave making for one of the earliest harvests in recent memory.
Weather hasn't been this warm across the Napa Valley since 1997, a year that produced a highly regarded vintage.
If the heat continues as expected this year it could mean fruit-intensive wines from an early and abundant crop.
Wine grapes are one of California's top commodities, a crop worth $3.2 billion on the vine last year that created more than $34 billion worth of wine.
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