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Vineyard continues decades-old practices

September 6, 2013 • State News

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Barbara Funkhouser plucks the blue grape from a bunch of fresh cut fruit and smashes it between her fingers. Vibrant red juice trickles down her fingertips, identifying the fruit as a ruby red grape.

A short while later, she does the same with another, nearly identical bunch. The juice oozes white.

There was a mix-up when the rows and rows of green leafy vines were planted more than five decades ago, Funkhouser says. Some white grape cuttings ended up in the red row, while red cuttings masqueraded as their white neighbors down the way. Squeezing the grapes to discover the red or white juice identifies the two.

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