Wildfires in West affect wine grape harvest in Yakima Valley

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Wine grape growers in Washington state have said grapes this year have a better flavor and color than previous years. But it is unclear how many can be salvaged from smoke damage from nearby wildfires. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that that Yakima Valley farmers said their harvest is expected to come in below anticipated numbers because of the wildfires. Chemicals from wildfires can saturate grapes and give the resulting wine a campfire aroma. The Washington Winegrowers Association joined groups in neighboring states to seek federal aid for winemakers whose grapes were ruined by smoke.