- California agriculture officials are reporting good news for wine lovers and vineyard operators alike: a record harvest of wine grapes. The Modesto Bee reports that growers in the nation's premier wine region brought in a bumper crop last year, thanks to expanded acreage and overall favorable weather.

Wine grapes are one of California's top commodities, a crop worth $3.16 billion last year, according to the California Association of Winegrape Growers.

Preliminary figures show that the crop of red and white varieties combined weighed in at 4.23 million tons, up 5 percent.