Did You Know
     Wine Facts:

  • The US is the fourth wine producer in the world, after the countries of France, Italy
    and Spain.
  • California produces approximately 90% of all wine made in the USA.
  • One barrel of wine equals approximately 24 (12-bottle) cases and 1,100 glasses.
  • One ton of grapes makes about 780 bottles of wine, or 65 cases.
  • One vine produces between four and six bottles of wine.
  • Approximately 2.8 pounds of  grapes are used to make one bottle of wine.
  • By 2010, if not sooner, the United States is expected to become the No. 1 wine market
    in the world.
  • In 2009, there were 2,843 bonded wineries and 4,600 wine grape growers in California.
  • The California wine industry has an economic impact of more than $61.5 billion on the
    state’s economy and $121.8 billion on the U.S. Economy.
  • More than 20 million people visit California wine country each year.
         At What Temperature Should you Drink Wine?

  • White and blush wines taste best chilled, but not too cold.  When wine is too cold, its aromas and flavors are harder to enjoy.
  • Red wines reveal their richness when served at "cool" room temperatures of 55° to 65°.  To help wine reach this temperature, place the bottle
    in the refrigerator for a short time. Again, don’t let the wine get too cold - cold red wines can taste excessively tart.
  • Like white wines, blush wines (rosés) and lighter red wines, with their lower alcohol levels, taste better chilled.
  • Sparkling wines are traditionally chilled to 45° or lower to slow the release of bubbles and encourage the fruit aromas to linger.
  • Dessert wines reveal their unique personalities when served at temperatures similar to those of red wines.  
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