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Last year's drought means some wines will be more intense

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It's been rainy this year, but last year's drought will affect the Missouri and Kansas wine you serve at your home.

About two dozen wineries are within an hour's drive of Kansas City.

Holy-Field Vineyard & Winery in Basehor, KS, is among those affected by the drought.

Tasting room manager Mandy Hampton said some wines will have more intensity because the grapes are more condensed.

"A lot of people have come under the notion that they will be sweeter. That's not necessarily true." Hampton said. "They (the grapes) are smaller so the fruit flavors are more intense."

The quality of the wines aren't at issue, Hampton said, it's the quantity.

"We got less of it," she explained.

Vintners can take a grape and shape it into various flavors, determining how sweet or dry your glass of wine will be.

Hampton is excited about this year's wine.

"Loved them. Fruity, crisp from drier to sweeter but they are very well balanced," she said.

Click here for more on Holy-Field.

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