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Some good news about California wines!

For drinkers of California wines, and for vintners, too…! :-)

The total tonnage of California wine grapes harvested, and the prices recorded for them, BOTH SET RECORDS in 2012!  The U.S. Department of of Agriculture published preliminary figures on Friday for a RECORD HIGH 4.3 million tons of grapes in California’s wine crush last year. The largest portion was for red wine grapes at 2.3 million tons, which is UP 20% from 2011!

Yippee! :-)

Growers received an average price of $734 per ton, which was up almost 25%! However, the PREMIUM wine grapes grown in Napa County were a LOT more valuable and averaged $3,578 per ton!

Chardonnay grapes averaged $846 per ton, which was up 12%. Cabernet sauvignon grapes rose nearly 20% to $1,376 per ton on average!

-Bill at

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