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That sound coming from the Pacific Northwest is the collective exhale of Washington vintners relieved that this past November's freeze and a cold, slow start to the 2011 growing season have caused less vine damage than feared. Early estimates of the state's 2011 grape crop range from 70 percent to 90 percent of normal. Wine Spectator's Harvey Steiman reports.
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