Dry Weather Means Great Wine
Dry weather toasted crops in many parts of the country, including some areas of Minnesota. But it turns out grapes used to make wine will actually taste better than usual.
Kyle Peterson with WineHaven Winery says this year might be the best crop of grapes in the vineyard's 17-year history. That's because when it's dry, grapes have a higher sugar content. Plus when they're stressed, grapes produce more tannins, which are what give wine more complex flavors.
"We're really liking what we're seeing from the reds this year, we're expecting it to be a really nice year for those," said Peterson.
In the last two months, the region is 5 inches below average rainfall totals. That has been great around harvest time, but farmers want rain now so the vines have enough water to survive the winter.