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Napa shrugs off quake and drought woes (US)

The winegrape harvest in California is nearly over and the 2014 vintage is predicted to continue the state's recent string of high-quality vintages.

"We're on the home stretch," Jon Emmerich, Silverado Vineyards winemaker said. "Most wineries in Napa should be done by next week. Our Cabernet Sauvignon is about 40 per cent of what we produce and I'm very pleased with how it looks."

Napa Valley and Sonoma, in the north of California, enjoyed early harvests after fairly mild growing seasons.

To the south, Paso Robles also experienced an early harvest, hastened by warmer than usual weather.

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