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- 2010 Moone-Tsai Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
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- 2010 Skinner Vineyards Estate Mourvedre, El Dorado
- 2012 Masut Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir, Mendocino County
- 2010 Gallica Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
- 2011 Harney Lane Old Vine Zinfandel Lizzy James Vineyard Lodi
- 2006 Santana Supernatural Rosé by Mumm Napa
- 2011 Jekel Riesling Monterey and 2011 Jekel Pinot Noir Santa Barbara
- 2012 Matthiasson Chardonnay Linda Vista Vineyard Napa Valley
- Review from the Cellar - 2010 Qupé Mourvedre Ibarra-Young Vineyard
- 2012 Tres Sabores Rosé “Ingrid and Julia” Napa Valley
- 2011 Testarossa Pinot Noir Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands
- 2009 Lucia Pinot Noir Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands
- Review: 2009 Buccella Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
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California Wine Facts
- Wine Education
- Written by Fred Swan
- Sunday, 03 May 2009 23:50
California crushed about 3.8 billion tons of wine grapes in 2011.
The amount of white wine grapes crushed has not changed much in the last 20 years. The amount of red wine grapes crushed is 2.5 times greater now than it was in 1988.
California is the 4th largest wine producer in the world. The top three are France, Italy and Spain.
California produces more than 90% of all U.S. wine.
95% of all U.S. wine exports are from California.
California wineries shipped 554 million gallons of wine in 2007. That’s an increase of 31% since 1997.
82% of those wine shipments are for the U.S. market. The retail value of the U.S. sales was $18.9 billion.
The total impact on the U.S. economy of the California wine industry was $125 billion in 2007.
The industry accounts for 875,000 U.S. jobs. Just over 300,000 of those are in California.
The industry pays $13 billion in state and federal taxes.
It attracts nearly 20 million tourists to California per year generating $2 billion in revenue for the state.
Source for all data above: USDA, NASS, California Field Office and the Wine Institute.
In 2007, there were 2,687 bonded wineries in California. Nearly all are family-owned.
In 1999, there were only 1,364 bonded wineries.
In 1970, there were just 240.
Source for bonded winery data: U.S. Tax and Trade Bureau and Wine Institute