Wine Vs. River Water In California

January 29, 2010 By: Marshall Cutchin

Robert Young Vineyards, Alexander Valley, Sono...

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Frost pumping” is the practice of spraying river water onto vineyards during frigid periods to prevent vines from being damaged or killed by cold temperatures. But in California, winery owners are arguing against a proposed limit on the practice, despite the fact that “2008 and 2009, both drought years, pumping by vineyards resulted in the deaths of hundreds of coho and steelhead as creek levels dropped, stranding the fish.” Jason Dearen of the Associated Press.

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