Local Grape Growers Worry Over Labor Force

In this Sept. 24, 2010 photo, Benjamin Reynosa, 49, of Orange Cove, picks table grapes near Fowler, Calif. As the economy tanked over the past two years, the immigration debate has focused on whether immigrants are taking jobs Americans want. Here, amid the sweltering melon fields and vineyards of the nation's top farm state, where one of every eight people is still out of a job, the answer is no. (AP Photo/Garance Burke)

Grape growers in Sonoma and Napa counties don’t have to worry about a drought this year, but they do have to worry about having enough workers in the vineyards: in part because of President Trump’s crackdown on undocumented workers. When employees are scarce, wages go up… Some growers think they may have to downsize because of the labor shortage, others say it could lead to higher prices for wine.