Grape Expectations: Heat may bring sweet reward on the vine

July 12, 2012   // 0 Comments

(Peoria Journal Star)This summer's hot, dry weather that's burning up area cornfields may be good for the grapes, said several central Illinois growers. Other crops are hanging in there despite all the sunshine, said area producers. "Grapes like stress. Stress makes for a better wine," said Paul Hahn, co-owner of the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard in Mackinaw. "The year 2001 was a terrible drought ye...

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