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The Great Virginia Grape Heist

Nov 16, 2018 - The Atlantic

about 2.5 tons of grapes, had vanished.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018, was supposed to be harvest day for David Dunkenberger, a co-owner of Firefly Hill Vineyards, in Elliston, Virginia. He got to the fields early, eager to get this year's grapes picked before the backwash of Hurricane Florence rolled in. As he scanned the vines, though, he began to feel queasy. His entire crop,

this year's wet weather had led to disappointing harvests. "If you can't fulfill that contract, you don't g...