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Deb Martell tries her hand at harvesting grapes for the first time. She and her late husband, Tom Martell, started the vineyard in 1999.

Martell's last grape harvest

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The 2012 harvest at Martell Vineyards last weekend was a bittersweet event.

Not only did a harsh growing year with a spring frost wipe out the La Crescent grapes and reduce the total harvest to about half of last year's 37-ton production, but also owner Tom Martell, who established the five acres of grapes outside Somerset, died just five weeks before the harvest.

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His memory will live on and the vines will not go fallow.

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