Except where production suffered from insufficient water for irrigation, San Joaquin Valley wine grape growers were aided by nearly ideal growing conditions in harvesting a 2016 crop that was about normal in size, while higher than usual in quality.
Among the most-seasoned growers in Arizona’s young and up-and-coming wine industry, Rod and his wife, Jan, own and operate Keeling Schaefer Vineyards. The Keelings use the fruit to make their estate-grown-and-bottled Rhone-styled wines.
The releases began on a limited basis in 2015. Results of that test encouraged the researchers to begin releasing larger numbers of the greenhouse-raised wasps, called Anagrus daanei, in the two counties, beginning last year.