California Wine Facts

California is the leader of wine producing state—making more than ninety percent of all U.S. wine—and also ranks first in wine consumption. Californians enjoy nearly one in five (eighteen percent) of the bottles consumed in the United States. If California were a nation, it would be the fourth leading wine-producing country in the world behind France, Italy and Spain. With this great culture of wine, there is significant interest in all aspects of the grape.

Wine is good for the waistline.

Wine is fat free and contains no cholesterol. A 4-ounce glass of table wine has about 80-100 calories.

Just how many grapes are in that bottle of wine? It takes about six to eight clusters, or about 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.

And how many bubbles in a bottle?

It is theorized there are approximately 44 million bubbles in a bottle of sparkling wine/champagne.

What is on top in 2010?

Chardonnay, with 95,000 acres, is the wine type variety with the most acreage planted in California.

Cabernet Sauvignon was the second most planted winegrape in California with 76,800 total acres.

The red wine category for the second year in recent history edged out white wine by volume in food stores in 2010. Red held a 41.7 percent market share; white, a 41.0 percent share; and blush accounted for 17.4 percent share of case volume, according to ACNielsen.

Chardonnay remained the leading varietal wine, followed by Merlot, White Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. Together these four varietals made up over half of the wine sales in food stores.

Variety is the spice of life in the California State

Wine-type grapes are grown in 46 of California's 58 counties, covering 522,000 acres in 2010.

There are more than 107 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) in California (distinct winegrape growing areas recognized by the U.S. government), a testament to the variety of microclimates in the state.
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California's 2,000 bricks and mortar commercial wineries are predominantly family-owned and operated.

There are more than 60,000 registered California wine labels.

Sustainable wine practices take root

The trend in sustainable winegrowing and winemaking practices is growing quickly in California. Vintners and growers who represent 40 percent of the annual wine case production and one quarter (125,000 acres) of the state's wine acreage currently participate in the Code of Sustainable Wine Growing Practices program.

California wine is good for the bottom line

California wines accounted for 63 percent of the total 703 million gallons—both foreign and domestic—consumed in the U.S. in 2010, or roughly two out of every three bottles sold in the country.

California winery shipments comprised roughly $16.5 billion of the $26 billion estimated retail value of all wine sold in the U.S. in 2010.

Wine is California's most valuable finished agricultural product. The overall economic impact of the wine industry on the economy of California exceeds $45.4 billion.The expansion of exports of California wine over the last decade has dramatically increased from $196 million in 1994 to $674 million in 2010.

Second only to Disneyland

Wineries and vineyards are the second most popular tourist destination in California after Disneyland. A total of 14.8 million tourists visit the state's wine regions each year.

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  1. I know this topic is old but who gives a f*uckery? Okay so wtf californians? There are sooo many lgbt people in your state! How to this happen? I am really ashamed of this country. If we can’t support love, no wonder this country is going down so much. Thats the main reason of life. To find love and share it with people! Even myself being straight…..ok well not fully ;) , I know for a fact that you cannot choose sexuality. How can heterosexual people say we choose when they haven’t gone through it? That’s like a person telling someone “Oh Billy you chose to fail that test”! Why would Billy choose to fail a test? Why would lgbt people WANT to be this way in this society? To get bullied and harassed? Really Americans? And your argument is that the bible says it’s wrong, okay well the bible also says a man who commits adultery shall be executed! Bro that’s like 50% of all American men. It also says not to eat swine or drink wine/liquor , but to most “homophones” aka most down south peoples, that is the greatest combination ever! Okay my point is, if we can’t support and endorse love, well what’s our point of life. Every person was created equal! My god it seems like every freaking 20-40 years some minority is attacked! First it was women then African americans now gay people! What’s next balled people? Lefties? Guys the simply fact is when a person takes their life it’s terrible. But when it’s for being who they are it makes it even worse for everyone. No matter how homophobic you are……..which is stupid because phobic means you’re scared of something and most “homophobes” want it up the butt. :) yep that’s my rant

  2. The consumption of various alcoholic beverages has varied distributions within the United States. Explain why such variety would occur and give examples of specific beverages. Some ideas: the popularity of wine in California; the popularity of beer in Wisconsin; the low level of alcohol consumption in Utah.

  3. In the song, at one point, the singer sings ‘We haven’t had that spirit here sine 1969′ Now, this is a response to the request ‘Please bring me my wine’. Is the butler guy or whatever refering to the Wine, or the fact that the guy simply had it in him to ask for the Wine?

  4. Ok so tonight… I went into a liquor store to buy wine for my mom. I showed them my ID and the woman told me I was lieing and it was a fake ID (I just moved to California from Wisconsin so I haven’t gotten an in-state ID yet). Then she told me that the picture did not look like me (which is very well does) and she made me show her my school ID as well as my credit cards to make sure the names were the same. Then she asked me who the person was in the car and i told her my friend… and she said he didnt look of age, so she couldnt sell me the wine. and she refused to sell it to me! California has crazy alcohol laws! I know I’m more upset than I should be, but she offended me. I never tried to get a fake ID before I was legal. I have always done things the legal way… so for her to accuse me first about lieing about my identity really offended me. and then the fact that after I proved it, she still found a way because of my friend… who wasn’t even in the store and is of age. I did go to another store. I got over it after the night… Just at the time it made me mad. It just makes me mad that I am legal age and so was my friend… and you can run ID’s through systems. Mine is definitely real. What about people who travel out of state? and yeah I would have risked $1000 because if the police would have gotten involved, they would have seen that my ID was real… so it wouldn’t have cost me anything.

  5. This is the time of morning when I would come to the computer with a urge to sit down and write while the idea was still fresh and bright. But my old computer is so slow, it was always a race to see if it would warm up before my latest song or story faded away. If you don’t get something down quickly it may be lost forever and it is important. Yes, it was always so important. This was when I was still actively searching for removing my depression. What could possibly be more important than that? Well, my computer has warmed up now and is ready, finally; but I’m not. In fact, I’m wondering what I’m doing sitting here. Was there something I wanted to write down? Oh, yes, the answer to my problem. First let me open this bottle of vintage California wine and I hope that you can do the same because I have a toast. It goes something like this: “If this were a true and accurate account then it could and did happen to one man and it is over.. But if it is nothing but a drunkard’s dream, then drink up, my friends, it could happen to you.”

  6. I’m 18, and I was born and raised in California. My mom’s originally from China, and my dad’s from Pennsylvania, and his grandparents came from Ireland. I live less than an hour north of San Francisco in a city called Santa Rosa, in Sonoma County, known for its agriculture and economy based off of wine and tourism and working-class stuff mainly. It seems like a lot of people, even native Californians, hate it here. They complain about the unemployment, the cost of living, and they don’t like what’s become of the illegal immigration from the South of the Border. It may be racist, but I knew some people who just didn’t like the fact it’s starting to become dominated by a certain culture many people are not fond of. And keep in mind I don’t even live in southern California, I live pretty far up north. However, I really like Mexican food and most of the Latinos I’ve befriended were nice chill kids, despite many of them being Norte wannabes. I’d like to move to the San Jose area or even San Francisco, where there’s a large Asian community, lots of good Asian food, good Californian wineries, more job opportunities and the urban life (or at least more urbanized than where I’m living now), more stuff to do in general. However, it seems like it’s not doing so well down there. The whole state of CA. Many Californians are moving up to Oregon and I hear it’s getting crappy up there too. The Dream Act passed, which if you didn’t know, it’s to give illegal immigrants free college intuition and all that matter, which is pissing off a lot of people. It might encourage a lot more illegal immigration from Mexico/Latin America and California might be “Mexifornia” and people are too afraid to voice out their opinions against it because it will OFFEND. I think the Dream Act has benefits but is not a way to help LEGAL citizens getting into college or financial aid.

  7. Here is the thing I would do … I do is bring back prohibition…the wine made by satan…this thing called wine has done bad things to make bad people …. i will make sure no one makes drinks one drop of wine and alcohol for it is very dangerous… in fact did you know that the bible speaks out against drink it? have you notice it is the libs who want to make bad things like this legal? And another thing i would do is make california a place where all the homosexness go…. first i would take all of the NORMAL people out of california then place every bad people there like the homosexuals. put a 30 foot wall all around california…. in fact most of the homo people come from california anyway!

  8. Hello, I own a small wine production company based in California and I would like to offer my wines for drinking by you. Thanks

  9. As a 25 year old white male with a ba in political science from the University of California at Berkley, (yes i have to say the full name!) I feel I can speak on this subject. I used to smoke pot with my friends (I can’t anymore because my job drug tests often) and I loved it. I didn’t do any harm to anyone. I didn’t commit crimes. In fact pot made me less likely to do something bad. It made me able to concentrate on things better. I have ADD and pot really seemed to make me feel better. Now here’s the funny part. I hate any kind of liquor! I hate wine. I don’t drink and never will. But do you see me trying to get alcohol banned again? No because even though I hate the stuff with a passion, I would never try to stop you from drinking it. Most of my friends have been to jail and the only real reason was possession of large amounts of pot. Yes it is legal for medical use however because i have had asthma in my life (when i was a kid) my doctor would not recommend it for me.

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