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Chardonnay Glut?

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Chardonnay Glut?

e.d. | Sep 1, 2002 12:15 PM

This summer while traveling through one of the California wine regions, I was talking with a winemaker who told me that daily he was getting calls from growers trying to sell him chardonnay grapes--even though he has never made a chardonnay. He said that there was just way more chardonnay grapes than demand. Is this true? If so, is it a result of growing red wine consumption, the fall-off in the economy, the profusion of wines made from viognier and pinot grigio and other white varietals, or simple over-planting of chardonnay? And if it is true, does it mean that chardonnays will go down in price?

Now can we hope the same will happen to merlots?

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