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Water shortages force a reckoning in Calif. wine

Grapes on a vineyard in Napa, Calif. Harvest begins in early August. Marc Heller/E&E News

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So-called “dry farming” isn’t the majority practice in California’s wine country, but it reflects a growing view in Napa, Sonoma and other regions that the future of the wine industry — and possibly the quality of much of America’s wine — rests on more sustainable practices that conserve water, promote healthy soil and prepare growers for the challenges of a changing climate..