Following Napa, Sonoma County grape harvest begins

Harvest has started in Sonoma County, according to growers, as grapes have been picked this week to go into sparkling wine. Napa County started July 28.

J Vineyards and Winery started their harvest on Monday with pinot gris and chardonnay fruit from the Russian River Valley, according to the Sonoma County Winegrowers, a trade group representing local growers.

This year's harvest start is four days later than 2015, which started on July 29. The 2014 harvest started on July 30.

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards in Sonoma picked early Tuesday with 34 tons of pinot noir grapes. Iron Horse Vineyards in Sebastopol intends to pick on Thursday. Growers said this year's crop will be lighter than average but greater than last year.

Bill Swindell

Business, Beer and Wine, The Press Democrat  

In the North Coast, we are surrounded by hundreds of wineries along with some of the best breweries, cidermakers and distillers. These industries produce an abundance of drinks as well as good stories – and those are what I’m interested in writing. I also keep my eye on our growing cannabis industry and other agricultural crops, which have provided the backbone for our food-and-wine culture for generations.

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