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Climate change affects wine industry

Posted at 6:51 PM, Mar 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-22 23:36:40-04

El Nino is upon us and while the rain makes for bigger grapes that doesn't necessarily mean better grapes.

Despite the extra rainfall from El Nino, some California farmers anticipate that this year's harvest will be smaller due to the ongoing drought.

And as a result, they say, the wine could taste a little different.

Although other parts of California predict trouble ahead for the wine industry, Jim Arnold of Triassic Vineyards in Tehachapi says his crops will be just fine.

"Not a result of the drought, we've been doing other things to improve the quality and size of our fruit by improving our irrigation, fertilizing, and spraying. Things that are helping the vines grow,” Arnold said.

Arnold has his own well and sits on 4,000 feet of elevation which he says reduces a dry spell.

"For one thing we have our own well; we have our own aqua in Cummings Valley so we have been blessed by having as much water as we really need, “Arnold said.

Arnold says that no vineyard is the same and there are different variables which contribute to a healthy harvest.