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A crush on wine: Steel tank manufacturer thriving

It’s a banner year for winemakers and wine drinkers: The Washington State Wine Commission says 2012 will be the largest grape crush ever, with 190,000 tons of grapes harvested. A big beneficiary of that boom is Spokane Valley manufacturer Spokane Industries.

Seattle’s Precept casts wide net across industry

A recent issue of Wine Business Monthly listed the Top 30 U.S. wine companies, and all of a sudden, little old Washington state is loaded with them. Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, which includes Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Crest, Snoqualmie and numerous others, is now the seventh largest wine company in the country. Several other big corporations, including Constellation Brands (No. 3), Diageo (No. 8), Ascentia (No. 13) and Foley (No. 24) also have significant holdings in Washington. But the real surprise is Precept Brands, which just missed cracking the Top 20. (It’s No. 21.)