A tough sea­son for a lo­cal win­ery

Jonathan Ed­wards in North Ston­ing­ton is try­ing to make the best of it af­ter heavy rain in Septem­ber

The Day - - FRONT PAGE - PHO­TOS BY SEAN D. EL­LIOT THE DAY

Vol­un­teers har­vest chardon­nay grapes Wed­nes­day at Jonathan Ed­wards Win­ery in North Ston­ing­ton. Vine­yard Man­ager Chris Moore says the rains this fall have been a chal­lenge for the crop. Gains he saw in the crop dur­ing the hot sum­mer have been off­set by the heavy pre­cip­i­ta­tion, “the most rain I’ve ever seen in Septem­ber,” he added. He hoped to har­vest more chardon­nay and some pinot gris be­fore to­day’s ex­pected rain. He has been at the win­ery since 2006 and vine­yard man­ager since 2010. This is the worst sea­son he’s seen since the hur­ri­cane-soaked 2011 sea­son.

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