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May 10, 2010 9:16 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Freezes hit Colorado vinyards

Spring freezes have hit the Grand Valley's grape crop, which was already hit by a deep freeze in December. That could affect winemakers looking for Colorado grapes.

Bruce Talbott's operation on East Orchard Mesa is among the state's largest for growing wine grapes. He says his operation harvested 476 tons of grapes last year. He says he will be pleased with 200 tons this year.

The impact on winemakers may not be seen for several years, because most wineries already have wines for this year in the tank or bottle.

Bob Witham of Two Rivers Winery and Chateau says he gets 18 to 20 percent of his grapes from Talbott. He says he'll look to other growers, or he might buy excess wine from other wineries.

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