Christopher Winterfeldt / Modesto Bee

Grapes can be seen growing at The Vista Ranch and Cellars, from J. Marchini Farms, in Merced in July 2013.

Modesto Bee: Wine grape growers enjoy another record harvest

Published: Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 - 1:14 pm

Here's something to savor amid all the grim news about drought: The state's wine grape growers had a record harvest last year, a boon for consumers and for one of the Modesto area's top industries.

The crop came in at 4.23 million tons, the California Department of Food and Agriculture reported this week. It was up 5 percent from the 4.02 million tons in 2012, which also was a record.

The back-to-back bumper crops mean plenty of affordable bottles on the shelves, though probably not the extreme bargains that emerged in a grape glut about a decade ago.

Click here to read the complete story by the Modesto Bee.

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