A Good Year For Grapes

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — Cornell Cooperative Extension agents throughout New York are reporting that 2013 could end up being a very good year for New York grapes and wine if favorable weather patterns continue.

In a weekly newsletter, Extension agent Alice Wise said Long Island has had an unprecedented stretch of sunny, dry weather, keeping disease and insects at bay. She said quality of the grape harvest has been excellent overall.

In the Lake Erie region, where two-thirds of all New York grapes are grown, the Concord harvest is in its second week. A stretch of good weather eased concerns about previous rains.

In the Finger Lakes, warm, sunny days combined with cool nights have provided ideal conditions for ripening.

Conditions haven't been as ideal in the Hudson Valley due to more rainfall.