Wine grapes set a record

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Updated: 11/22/2013 4:45 pm

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — The production of wine grapes set another state record this year.

The Tri-City Herald reported Friday the harvest is up 16 percent from last year's record.

An estimated 218,000 tons of wine grapes were crushed this year. That's according to Vicky Scharlau, executive director of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers.

The total amount of Washington wine grapes, including white and red varieties, was up by about 30 tons from last year, when wineries crushed about 188,000 tons. And last year's crop was 32 percent larger than it was in 2011.

Scharlau says the growth is no surprise because of the additional acres that have been planted.

Washington is the nation's second-largest producer of premium wines after California.

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