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  • Let the harvest begin. Volunteers flock to a local vineyard to bring in the grapes.

    Somerset Ridge Vineyard and Winery in Paola, Kan., grows 13 varieties of grapes on hillside vineyard in Miami County. Like many local wineries, Somerset Ridge depends on volunteers to harvest the grapes from thousands of grapevines that dot the landscape. Harvest season started last week and the first group of volunteers picked nearly five tons of white grapes in two varieties, Chardonel and Melody. More than 8,000 grapevines of 13 vitis vinifera, native, and hybrid grape varieties, such as Chambourcin, Crimson Cabernet, and Marquette, surround the winery’s tasting room and production facility. Dennis and Cindy Reynolds, owners of Somerset Ridge, will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the winery next year. Meanwhile, the couple hopes to bottle 7,000 cases of wine this year.

Somerset Ridge Vineyard and Winery in Paola, Kan., grows 13 varieties of grapes on hillside vineyard in Miami County. Like many local wineries, Somerset Ridge depends on volunteers to harvest the grapes from thousands of grapevines that dot the landscape. Harvest season started last week and the first group of volunteers picked nearly five tons of white grapes in two varieties, Chardonel and Melody. More than 8,000 grapevines of 13 vitis vinifera, native, and hybrid grape varieties, such as Chambourcin, Crimson Cabernet, and Marquette, surround the winery’s tasting room and production facility. Dennis and Cindy Reynolds, owners of Somerset Ridge, will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the winery next year. Meanwhile, the couple hopes to bottle 7,000 cases of wine this year. Tammy Ljungblad The Kansas City Star
Somerset Ridge Vineyard and Winery in Paola, Kan., grows 13 varieties of grapes on hillside vineyard in Miami County. Like many local wineries, Somerset Ridge depends on volunteers to harvest the grapes from thousands of grapevines that dot the landscape. Harvest season started last week and the first group of volunteers picked nearly five tons of white grapes in two varieties, Chardonel and Melody. More than 8,000 grapevines of 13 vitis vinifera, native, and hybrid grape varieties, such as Chambourcin, Crimson Cabernet, and Marquette, surround the winery’s tasting room and production facility. Dennis and Cindy Reynolds, owners of Somerset Ridge, will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the winery next year. Meanwhile, the couple hopes to bottle 7,000 cases of wine this year. Tammy Ljungblad The Kansas City Star
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August 22, 2017 8:00 AM