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Our last word in business today is: record crush.

Drought-stricken California can toast a record wine grape harvest for 2013.

CYRIL PENN: The preliminary crush report just came out reporting 4.2/3 million tons of wine grapes crushed.

MONTAGNE: That's Cyril Penn, the editor of Wine Business Monthly. He says one of the reasons for California's second bumper crop in a row is that growers have been planting more grapes.

PENN: There was the old adage that the less quantity, the greater the quality. But as there's been more demand for grapes, the myth about quality and quantity is not there anymore.


The record harvest also benefited from good weather for grape growing in recent years. In places like the Napa Valley, there's still enough water underground to keep vineyards thriving, despite the drought. But Cyril Penn says that luck may not hold much longer. The severe drought in California is likely to force growers to make some tough choices.

PENN: There are some grape growers that are making contingency plans for if they don't have enough water, which blocks of grapes will they water and which ones won't they water? Fortunately, grapes use relatively little water compared to a lot of other crops.

MONTAGNE: For now, wine lovers raise a glass. The record harvest in grapes will produce more wine - likely meaning, California wine will cost less.

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News.

I'm Renee Montagne.

GREENE: I'm David Greene.


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