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Wednesday, Sep. 14, 2011

Famed Walla Walla Valley winery begins picking

LOWDEN -- Crush began at Woodward Canyon's Walla Walla Valley Estate Vineyard this morning.

Four clones of Sauvignon Blanc are being harvested in a field blend. Rick Small, owner and director of production, said he is particularly pleased with the quality of the fruit.

"The weather has been perfect, with moderate daytime temperatures and cool nights which have maintained acidity, with low pHs. The fruit is at optimum physiological maturity and we are excited to be bringing it in today," Small said in a release.

In a winery tradition, Woodward Canyon's harvest bell will be rung at the winery when the first load arrives for processing.