After back-to-back lean years in 2010 and 2011, the California grape harvest rebounded in 2012 to a record high of more than 4 million tons (that's up from 3.8 million in 2011 and 3.9 million in 2012).
He writes, “Aside from a flush feeling in the vineyard, what did 2012 bring? In many ways, more of the same: another record delivery of Chardonnay (up more than 30%), a huge jump for Pinot Noir (up 45%), Sauvignon Blanc (up 43%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (nearly 30%) — in other words, California going large on what it knows best.”
He analyzes the shifting geography of California wine as more grapes will be coming from inland California. Lodi, for example, produced nearly twice as much Chardonnay as Sonoma.