First Paragraph: The 2002 year was a difficult year, although quality was very good, while yields were varied but around average on a per acre basis. The total grape supply and low grape prices indicated the wine market supply lines were filled beyond demand, even though demand continued to increase slightly. The problem last year and again this year will be Cabernet Sauvignon, to some degree Merlot and Zinfandel. There was too much Chardonnay, but demand may stabilize that supply already. While Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio (Gris, might not be preferred with the current state of U.S. relations with France!) are in short supply. Grafting and vine removal may help considerably and if the economy begins to turn up with an average crop size, the area may begin to see some cash flow relief this year. While the once majestic presence of Flame Tokay continues to fade.
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