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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

California and Washington Release Upbeat Grape Harvest Numbers

Figures released by the two largest wine grape producing states suggest that 2007 was a good year in the vineyards.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture forecast a harvest of 3.2 million tons, up under one percent from the previous year. Meanwhile, the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers reports a record harvest of 127,150 tons, up 5.5 percent.

Two-thirds of all wine sold in the U.S. comes from California wineries. A total of 449 million gallons of California wine were sold in the U.S. in 2006 with an estimated retail value of $17.8 billion.

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