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August 2000
A Growing Trend
Growers Offer Processing and Other Services as California Grape Market Tightens
by Abigail Sawyer
"If I were a grower right now you know what I'd do?   I'd sell my vineyard.   I'd get out of the business," says Karen Mancuso of Mancuso Wine Brokerage in San Francisco.   Mancuso is one of a growing number who believes the California wine glut is truly on its way. The mammoth harvest of 1997 gave the California industry a sample of the horrors of capacity strain. Vintners did everything short of converting their bathtubs to fermenters and were often forced to leave fruit on the...
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