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Report: California’s having a record wine grape harvest 

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California agriculture officials reported good news for wine lovers and vineyard operators alike: a record harvest of wine grapes, the Fresno Bee reports

Growers in the nation’s premier wine region brought in a productive harvest last year, thanks to expanded acreage and overall favorable weather, the report says.

Wine brokers told The Modesto Bee that two back-to-back years of large harvests will mean wine aficionados should find plenty of bargain bottles on grocery store shelves.

Consumers are in a great position because of the amount of wine that is coming out of California, said Erica Moyer of Riverbank, a grape and wine broker for Turrentine Brokerage in Novato.

Wine grapes are one of California’s top commodities, a crop worth $3.16 billion last year, according to the California Association of Winegrape Growers.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s preliminary figures show that the crop of red and white varieties combined weighed in at 4.23 million tons in 2013, up 5 percent from 4.02 million tons in 2012.

The industry is well positioned to take advantage of the large crops, said Heidi Scheid, chairwoman of the winegrape growers’ association.

The San Joaquin Valley, stretching for 220 miles from Stockton to Bakersfield, is the U.S.’s most prolific grape-growing region and home to 44 percent of the state’s crop.

Source: Fresno Bee

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