Long island wine grape crop yield off

From Newsday, the Long Island, NY, newspaper:

"Across Long Island's wine country, grape growers say 2008 will go down as among the more challenging years in recent history. The problems started early as a May 1 frost stunted some grapes just as they were young clusters. Toward the growing season's end, heavy rains, including a deluge from the former Hurricane Hanna in September, threatened to plump up grapes and dilute sugars after a summer of high-maintenance cultivation.

"Depending on the grape varietal and location, growers say the crop yield is off 10% to more than 50%."

[Read the full story here.]

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