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Cabernet Typhoon? Winegrowers Hurry Harvest Ahead Of Storm

OPB | Sept. 27, 2013 2:22 p.m. | Updated: Sept. 27, 2013 4:23 p.m.

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Farm laborers are working round the clock in the Willamette Valley to pick grapes in anticipation of a weekend storm.

Sam Tannahill directs winemaking for A to Z Wineworks and Rex Hill Vineyards. He says his workers will harvest a record 210 tons Friday.

“We’re operating pretty much on a 24-hour basis right now with two to three shifts during the day, trying to get as much fruit as we can in before the rain,” Tannahill says.

Workers hurry to get the grape harvest in at Rex Hill's Jacob Hart Vineyard between Newberg and Carlton ahead of a wet and windy storm forecast for this weekend.

Workers hurry to get the grape harvest in at Rex Hill's Jacob Hart Vineyard between Newberg and Carlton ahead of a wet and windy storm forecast for this weekend.

Sam Tannahill

It’s not possible, he says, to harvest all of the grapes before the heavy wind and rain is expected to arrive. Tannahill is hoping for clear weather after the storms to dry out what’s left on the vine.

In other weather-related news, SOLVE announced it will postpone its Beach Cleanup at all coastal sites. The group expects to go ahead with inland site cleanups as scheduled.

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