Several thousands of acres of Muscat grapes have been planted in California due to the growing popularity of Moscato. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, about 3,100 acres of Muscats were planted in California in the last three years including about 720 acres which are non-bearing. Will Moscato mirror the popularity that Chardonnay and White Zinfandel wines hold today after gaining notoriety in the 1990s, or be a flash in the pan?
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Jim Erickson, left, and sons Jason (in photo) and Lee (not pictured), use the eight decades of Erickson-family experience to produce high yields and fruit quality in their Muscat of Alexander grapes in Madera, Calif.
Muscat grapes develop into large clusters and have excellent flavor, grower Jim Erickson says.
Jim Erickson has a strong passion for agriculture and grape production.
High yield and quality are top priorities for Jason Erickson.
Muscat of Alexander grapes. Photo by Jack Kelly Clark, courtesy University of California Statewide IPM Program.