Get the oak barrels and stainless steel tanks ready. Local wine grape experts say harvest will come about two weeks early this year.
Normally, the grape harvest gets started in Lodi during the last two weeks of August. Instead, many growers are getting ready to pick this week. That kicks off the whole winemaking process days earlier, forcing wineries to find places to store grapes and juice until they have room in the fermenting tanks to start on 2013’s vintage.