Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Mon, February 27 2012 at 6:35 PM, Updated: Mon, February 27 2012 at 7:14 PM
Oregon's wine industry is trending past the national average. At the same time, optimal weather conditions for creating the best wine continue to change faces.
Last year, Oregon wineries were nervous when a late spring dampened ripening times. 2011 turned out to be a money maker for many, but this year the weather is at it again. The roller coaster we've seen; sunny and warm to cold and dry, now have grape harvesters inviting the winter weather. The summer-like temperatures, if continued, will bud the grapevines and with spring frosts in the future people are worried about their business.While theirs temporary relief from budding worries, their are still wild cards. A late freeze of a big spring rainstorm could pose threat. Grapes are the fruit crop in the world and a big deal here.
News at Sunrise Co-Anchor Travis Koch started his career as a filmmaker. He wrote and directed documentaries about traveling and extreme sports.
Among his many life experiences, he was a dog musher in Alaska and a baker in Minnesota. Travis began his career at NBC5 News as a weekend photographer and has continued to follow his dreams in television broadcasting and multimedia.