Moscato surplus looms after record California harvest

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There are concerns about a future excess supply of Moscato in the US after California reports its largest wine grape harvest on confirmation for 2013.

According to the Preliminary Grape Crush Report from the US Specialty of Agriculture (USDA), 4.23m tons of wine grapes were harvested in California last year, up 7% on 2012’s previous confirmation crop.More than 125,000 tons of Muscat of Alexandria was harvested – the grape typically used to make wines marked as ‘Moscato’ – up 60% on the previous year.Facts released by the California-based Wine Institute last year show that, in 2012, Moscato sales rose by a third in number in US retailers, excluding bars and restaurants, building it more well loved than Sauvignon Blanc. Facts released by the California-based Wine Institute show that Moscato sales rose by a third in number last year in US chain retailers, excluding bars and restaurants.Read more at http://www.decanter.com/news/wine-news/583798/moscato-drives-us-wine-sales-to-new-heights#F25GDq0JGXMl9hsx.99

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