Production of all grape varieties for the 2006 season is forecast at 5.75 million tons, down 5 percent from the August forecast and 18 percent below last season.

Wine-type variety grape production for California is forecast at 3 million tons, down 6 percent from the August forecast and 21 percent below last year.

Many red wine grapes such as Merlot and Cabernet are expected to go un-harvested due to the surplus from last year's crop and the increased imports of bulk wine from overseas.

Table grape production is expected to total 750,000 tons, down 5 percent from the August forecast and 13 percent below last year.

Raisin variety grape forecast is 2 million tons, down 2 percent from the August forecast and 13 percent below 2005.