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Early 2014 Grape Harvest Begins
 
07.29.2014
 
California vintners optimistic about early vintage with continued high quality
 
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Steve Matthiasson picked these clusters of Syrah from the Dunnigan Hills AVA on July 28. Several North Coast winemakers plan to start harvesting grapes for sparkling wine Wednesday.
San Rafael, Calif.—An early vintage is getting started in the North Coast, where a few vintners are picking grapes this week for their sparkling and rosé wine programs.

While the 2013 vintage arrived earlier than normal, some growers see signs that 2014 will be even earlier. They’re happy to report though that grape quality is comparable to 2012 and 2013, and yields are expected to be slightly above average if not as big as in 2013.
 
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Reaching Markets in the Far East
 
07.28.2014
 
Thousands of buyers expected at Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair
 
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Exhibitors pour wine samples for trade and the public during the Hong Kong International wine & Spirits Fair in 2013.
Hong Kong—The Pearl of the Orient will welcome thousands of wine industry professionals once again Nov. 6-8, as the city hosts the seventh annual Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair.

The 2013 fair boasted more than 1,000 exhibitors and 20,000 trade buyers during the three-day event held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The same year, Hong Kong posted wine imports valued at more than $1 billion. California exported $78 million worth of wine to Hong Kong in 2013, according to Wine Institute.
 
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