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North Coast grape harvest shifts into high gear as oversupply looms large

September 04, 2019

"The need to sell the grapes has become a fever pitch as we come into harvest," said Brian Clements, vice president of Turrentine Brokerage in Novato. Clements said he has taken a few calls a day from growers searching for options for grapes not yet under contract for sale. ... In past years, growers could rely on wineries or even themselves taking such excess grapes and making them into wine that would go into the bulk market for sale at a later date. But Clements said that option could be difficult this year to recoup expenses ... His wine brokerage firm listed 18 million gallons for sale ...