Celebrate California Wine MonthSeptember 9, 2013 By: Mary-Kate Dunphy
This month a few of our favorite things are upon us; foliage, pumpkin flavored everything and (that’s right!) California Wine Month! Now, wine enthusiasts do not need an excuse to raise a glass of their favorite wine in celebration; however September marks the beginning of the harvest so why not join in on the festivities.
California Wine Month is a 30 day collection of wine related festivities created by the Wine Institute in 2005 to show appreciation for this elixir and to note of just how much the wine industry contributes to California’s economy. Over 100 wineries posted wine events for September on the Wine Institute’s website in 2012 and even more are expected this year. Industry professionals throughout the state will celebrate California Wine Month with tastings, wine-related events, grape crushing, concerts and more.
Not everyone can make it out to the Golden State or to the alternative East Coast festivities in NYC, to take advantage of California Wine Month. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t celebrate with your customers. Throw a special promotion in honor of this wine oriented month; have a tasting, wine dinner pairing or offer special deals each week on your favorite wines!
Don’t let the opportunity to take part in California Wine Month pass you by!
Here are some fun facts about Wine.
Just How many Grapes are in that Bottle of Wine?
It takes about six to eight clusters, or approximately 600 to 800 wine grapes (2.4 lbs) to make a bottle of wine. One barrel of wine contains 740 lbs of grapes, equivalent to 59 gallons or 24.6 cases of wine.
Top Wine-Consuming State
California ranks first in wine consumption in the U.S., followed by Florida, then New York.
Variety is the Spice of Life in the Golden State
There are more than 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) in California. Each is a distinct winegrape growing area recognized by the U.S. government, a testament to the variety of microclimates in the state. There are more than 60,000 registered California wine labels.
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