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HERMANN, Mo. (AP) — Most of the grapes in Glenn Warnebold's vineyard in Missouri's picturesque wine country are about two-thirds of their usual size. Others have been reduced to raisins by the drought that burned up many crops across the Midwest this summer.

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Yet Warnebold figures it could be a good year with the drought concentrating the fruit's flavors and sugar, which will turn to alcohol during fermentation. His red Norton and white Chardonel grapes, while small, hold the promise of standout wine from a region better known for corn and soybeans.

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Wineries have been popping up in grape-growing regions of Missouri, Michigan and other Midwestern states for years, but they've generally been seen more as tourist draws than quality vintners. Some are hoping this year will help change that, and in a summer that has been devastating for most farmers, grape growers have a bit to cheer.

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HERMANN, Mo. — Most of the grapes in Glenn Warnebold's vineyard in Missouri's picturesque wine country are about two-thirds of their usual size. Others have been reduced to raisins by the drought that burned up many crops across the Midwest this summer.

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Yet Warnebold figures it could be a good year with the drought concentrating the fruit's flavors and sugar, which will turn to alcohol during fermentation. His red Norton and white Chardonel grapes, while small, hold the promise of standout wine from a region better known for corn and soybeans.

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Wineries have been popping up in grape-growing regions of Missouri, Michigan and other Midwestern states for years, but they've generally been seen more as tourist draws than quality vintners. Some are hoping this year will help change that, and in a summer that has been devastating for most farmers, grape growers have a bit to cheer.

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"I make fun wine, fruity wine, serious wine," says Alfaro. "If you give me good fruit, I will make good wine." After 14 years in vineyards, managing 57 acres, including 38 on his property in Corralitos, he considers himself a farmer first, and believes the best fruit makes the best wine.

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"I like to control the fruit I use," he says of the mostly organic and sustainable pinot noir, chardonnay, merlot and syrah vines he tends. "Still, I buy a lot of fruit for varietals I can't grow." He also buys pinot from neighboring vineyards, including the Schultzes of Windy Oaks, who appear on a label. "I trade grapes with every grower I buy from," Alfaro says.

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Alfaro prefers tasting grapes rather than testing for sugar content to decide just when the fruit's ripe enough to pick, and "science will tell you if you are right," he says, describing the advantage of having worked with the same vineyard for 10 years. "The grapes tell you, you can't test for flavor." His favorite grape is the temperamental pinot noir, reflected in his seven different bottled versions currently available, but pinot noir wines may not be his favorite every year.

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We didn't expect much when we recently opened a bottle of Rodney Strong's Chalk Hill chardonnay. Once one of the best-selling chardonnays on the market, the Chalk Hill seemed like a tired restaurant brand whose time had passed.

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After tasting it, though, it was like reuniting with an old friend. Then, we thought about how far this winery has come in the last few years. The proof, though, is in Rodney Strong's red wines.

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Strong was one of Sonoma County's most recognized winemakers in the 1980s when there was only a handful of marquee names on the market. He first planted vineyards in 1954, but it wasn't until much later that his wines reached their zenith. He died in 2006, several years after turning over his struggling winery to Tom Klein. That's when improvements became more evident in the wine.

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Jerry Hilliard of WindRoc Winery in Newfields pours a glass of blackberry wine for Brett Weiss and Rachel Saul of Dover.

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NEWFIELDS — Jerry Hilliard poured a quarter-glass of blackberry wine in a crystal goblet. "This one goes really well with chocolate," he told Brett Weiss and Rachel Saul of Dover.

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Hilliard slid a china bowl filled with wrapped chocolates across the counter. "Take a sip of this, let it coat your mouth — then have a piece of chocolate," he said.

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