Press Democrat: J Vineyards leads early harvest in Sonoma County

Sonoma County got an early start on harvest Wednesday night as work crews picked grapes by hand at J Vineyards & Winery’s property in the Russian River Valley.

The start to this year’s harvest is one of the earliest on record for Sonoma County, according to the Sonoma County Winegrowers organization, which noted moderate temperatures have aided a crop that is expected to be of high quality but less bountiful than 2013’s record-breaking yield.

“It went great. The yields were a little below what we were expecting,” said Scott Zapotocky, director of vineyard operations for J Vineyards & Winery. The crews picked 8 tons of pinot meunier that will be used for J Vineyard’s sparkling wine…



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