LEMONS TO LEMONADE: Some grape growers hope that this year's drought will improve the perception of wineries in the Midwest as more than simple tourist draws.

HOW THE PROCESS WORKS: Drought can concentrate the fruit's flavor and sugar, which will turn to alcohol during fermentation. Also, the dry summer protects the vines from diseases that run rampant when it's too rainy.

GLASS IS HALF-FULL: Drought is still stressing grape vines, making them less likely to survive a harsh winter and produce next season. But vineyard owners say the varieties commonly planted in the Midwest are typically more drought-resistant.