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How El Niño is impacting California’s wine industry
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In 1998, heavy rains hit California mid-winter in what was described as one of the strongest El Niños to date. It caused flooding, abnormally high waters, and multiple storms that led to substantial damage. That year, the wine was different, too. Winemakers at the time prepared for what they knew was going to be a rough year. Vineyards, indeed, do need rain.