Mild winter is generally good for wine grapes

Posted at 4:31 PM, Jan 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 16:53:02-05

FENNVILLE, Mich. -- Making a bottle of wine is a lot of work, and one of the biggest factors wine makers have to deal with in that process is the weather.

Although mild winters like this one are generally good for wine making, it can pose a challenge when it comes to processing the wine.

Michigan wineries rely on cold winter temperatures to stabilize the wine, meaning to allow a white byproduct called cream of tartar to settle out of the wine before selling it. So although next week's cold temperatures are welcome in that sense, wine makers don't want it to get too cold too quickly as this could damage the crop.