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A vintage tradition at Woodbridge Winery

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Posted: Friday, August 10, 2012 12:00 am

A load of pale green grapes rested in a yellow gondola, waiting to be dumped into the gleaming silver hopper at Woodbridge Winery on Thursday morning. They looked like any grapes that might be pulled from a vine during the harvest season that is just beginning. But these were special. These were the first.

It's a winery tradition, 34 years strong, for a priest to bless the first truckful of grapes each harvest. The ceremony dates back to the year the winery was founded by Robert Mondavi.

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