You’ve probably read by now about Washington’s record wine grape harvest.
It’s most likely true. Probably.
Official stats don’t come out until spring with the annual acreage report, but growers have been reporting higher than ever crop sizes, said Michaela Baltasar, a spokeswoman for the Washington Wine Commission.
Estimates put the total haul at 200,000 tons, handily beating last year’s record of 188,000.
Credit goes to good weather and more acreage.
Acreage has been growing for years, trying to keep up with the rising demand for wine.
As for the weather, it was good for wine grapes — warm days, no major frost damage, no ill-timed storm. (Cherry growers bemoaning summer rain might tell a different story.)
Washington State University weather researchers considered 2013 one of the warmest summers, right behind 2003 in terms of growing degree days — industry speak for accumulated heat.
Don’t expect prices to go down right away, Baltasar said.
Wine does not follow simple supply-and-demand, at least not immediately. It takes 1 ½ years for white varieties to reach bottles on the shelf, two or three years for the reds.
“There’s a long process to it,” she said.