One thing the California storms are good for: vineyards

Jan 12, 2023 at 8:05am

Esther Mobley, SF Chronicle

California is weathering another wet, stormy week. Many communities across the state are struggling with severe flooding. At least 17 people have died. And the rain is far from over: Another series of atmospheric rivers is expected to hit before early next week.

Given the widespread devastation, it’s hard to spin these storms as anything other than bad news. And yet, for one sector of California, these storms have been almost uniformly good news. I’m talking about vineyards.

“We are delighted to get this rain,” said Claire Ramey of Healdsburg’s Ramey Wine Cellars. “We’ll take as much rain as we can get.”

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