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Early harvest for LI winemakers

Winemaker Peter Pugliese, left, inspects the progress of

Winemaker Peter Pugliese, left, inspects the progress of his merlot grapes at Pugliese Vineyards in Cutchogue. (Aug. 17, 2010) Photo Credit: Michael E. Ach

 Across Long Island wine country, a warm, early spring and a hot, sunny summer are shaving weeks off the time it takes local grapes to reach peak ripeness. Long Island's 59 wine producers say grapes are ripening so early that they've had to set up netting atop the vines to discourage grape-gorging birds a month ahead of schedule.

Harvest schedules are being moved up by two weeks to a month.

>> Read Mark Harrington's full story

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