As the summer days stretch long and hot, and grapes thicken with sugar on the vine, wineries are clamoring to ensure they'll have enough space in tanks and barrels to fit the fruits of an early harvest
Output may rise to 46.6 million hectoliters (1.2 billion gallons) from 41.4 million hectoliters in 2012, the Paris-based Agriculture Ministry wrote in an online report today. The outlook is uncertain as vines are still flowering following cold weather, the report showed.
Mumm Napa was named the official sparkling wine of the America's Cup Summer of Racing in San Francisco. From this week's opening ceremonies through the final races in September, Mumm Napa sparkling wines will be on hand, the Rutherford company said in a news release.
State lawmakers extended a lifeline this year to small liquor stores who had struggled under the new privatization rules, but that change has also opened the door for large retailers to ask for the same break.