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California wine industry reports robust 2013

California's 2013 yield of wine grapes topped 4 million tons in 2013, but worries loom about this year's crop in light of the drought.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California grape growers association says the state’s 2013 yield topped four million tons, leaving the domestic wine industry with ample supply. But worries loom about this year’s crop, as California’s drought continues.

The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1fextMN ) Allied Grape Growers announced Wednesday that last year’s 4.05 million tons of grapes followed a record 4.3 million tons crushed in 2012.

Nat DiBuduo, the group’s president, warns that a prolonged drought could reduce 2014’s crop load and increase vine stress, damaging California’s $61 billion wine industry.

Earlier this week, Napa Valley wine grape growers said some vines are ripening early and that farmers are planning fewer crops to save water.

DiBuduo made the comments at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, the annual state-of-the-industry convention, where Bogle Vineyards of Clarksburg was named “2013 Winery of the Year.”

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com



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