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Major crop loss affecting Wisconsin winemakers

The Semillon blanc grapes get brown smudges on as they turn.  (Photo from: By Alison Parks-Whitfield (originally posted to Flickr as SemillonBlancBunch5) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
The Semillon blanc grapes get brown smudges on as they turn. (Photo from: By Alison Parks-Whitfield (originally posted to Flickr as SemillonBlancBunch5) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

SAUK CITY, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin winemakers are among the latest to feel the aftermath of our extremely cold winter.  

Phillipe Coquard says he's not crying wolf just yet -- but it appears that 30 to 50 percent of his grape crop is lost at the Wollersheim Winery near Sauk City.  

Coquard tells the Wisconsin Radio Network that the buds are swelling now, and he'll soon get a better idea of the extent of the damage to the grapes.  

He said winemakers in the Badger State are used to rough winters, but this one was especially bad. He said wineries have had colder stretches -- but nothing like the 10 to 12-below temperatures and winds that stretched out for almost three straight weeks.  

Coquard said grape damage is widespread across the northern U.S., also affecting wineries in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and upstate New York.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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