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The production of quality winegrapes entails risk. Unpredictable weather can cause variations in the size, health and maturity of crops from year to year, but the manageable risks of these variables can morph into catastrophe if severe rot strikes, destroying large swaths of crops and forcing vintners to pick remaining fruit too soon.
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