There has been further bad news for California's wine industry over the past couple of days as the State's newspapers digest the reports just after New Year that the all important fourth quarter of 2002 had been the "worst for a decade". As reported in just-drinks last week, AC Neilsen figures showed that sales of California wine declined in most categories this season for the first time since the 1991-92 recession. This has been exacerbated by a general over-production of grapes, accelerating the decline in prices.