Yakima Valley vineyards see rapid shoot growth

SUNNYSIDE, Wash. -- The sunshine and warm weather is a good sign for wine lovers. Vineyards across the Yakima Valley are seeing rapid shoot growth.

A good start for the development of vines means better quality of fruit, which leads to wine being optimal. Growers are seeing shoots grow two to three inches a day. A wet and cold spring could mean shoots only grow up to one inch daily - or don't grow at all.

"It's a lot less headaches," said DuBrul Vineyard owner Kathy Shiels. "It's great promise for another wonderful vintage."

A slow start to the year could potentially put growers behind throughout the season.