No whining over freeze at local winery

River Ridge General Manager Keller Ford
River Ridge General Manager Keller Ford
No whining over freeze at local winery
By: Wes Wallace
COMMERCE, Mo. - Despite a hard freeze nearly two months ago, grape growers at River Ridge Winery in Commerce aren't complaining too much.
"It's not as bad as we first thought,"  says Keller Ford, the Assistant Winemaker and General Manager of River Ridge, "It's bad, considering we lost about 50% of our crop, but it could have been much worse."
Ford explains they'll just have a later crop of grapes and so far it looks really good.
He also says due to the freeze, Missouri winemakers have the option to import more grapes than normally allowed to put in their wine.  "We've never done that before, because we like to have a local product to sell.  If we do, we'll make sure and mark it on the label."
Ford says wineries are hoping for a warm, dry fall, to allow the grapes to mature longer.