Napa Valley wine grapes thrive after record rainfall, but cool weather may delay harvest

Napa Valley Aloft balloons, make their way toward a landing spot by a vineyard in Napa, Calif., Monday, June 19, 2023. This year, wine grapes are thriving after a winter of record amounts of rain fell in California, but a recent trip high above the valley in a hot air balloon revealed miles of lush, green vineyards — the only blemish coming from shadows cast by the balloons themselves. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — As sunlight spilled into California’s famed Napa Valley on a summer day, rows of wine grapes reflected the benefits of this winter’s record rainfall.