Experts Predict a Rise in Wine Prices


Savor that glass of chardonnay, and appreciate the price tag while you're at it.

Thanks to a looming grape shortage and higher fuel prices, experts predict prices will rise on domestic wine from the West Coast.

"It's manufacturing," said Carolyn Craig, of the Canyon Crest Winery. "You run out of one component, you come to a stop."

Silicon Valley Bank, a commercial banker to the wine industry, said in its latest "Annual State of the Wine Industry Report" that it expects vintners to raise prices as the supply of grapes declines.

Prices for California wines will be the first to rise, followed by wine from Oregon and Washington State, according to the report.

Grapes aren't the only factor.

Owners have to consider the cost of getting grape juice to the winery.


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