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California grape crush down from record 2013, CDFA reports

California’s 2014 grape crush totaled 4.16 million tons, down nearly 11.5 percent from the 2013 record of more than 4.7 million tons, according to the preliminary report by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

The report includes wine, raisin and table grapes.

CDFA’s preliminary assessment said the all-important 2014 crush of wine grapes in California was 3.91 million tons, down almost 8 percent from the 2013 record high of 4.24 million tons.

San Rafael-based Ciatti Co., a major bulk wine and grape brokerage, characterized the report as “welcome news for the California wine industry, which currently has large volumes of older vintage bulk wine available for sale.” Ciatti also said that despite concerns over drought, the 2014 wine grape crush was “healthy.”

The state’s final grape crush report is scheduled to be released on March 10.

Chardonnay again accounted for the largest percentage of total crush volume at 17.2 percent. That was followed by cabernet sauvignon at 12.3 percent.

The state’s 2014 zinfandel production saw a significant year-over-year decrease – 354,810 tons, down 24 percent from a record-setting 2013.

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