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Fun Facts about California Wines

§  California is the fourth leading wine producer in the world, after Italy, France and Spain.

§  California is the leading wine producing state in the U.S. — making about 90 percent of all American wine — and there are wineries now in all 50 states.

§  By volume, Chardonnay remains the leading varietal wine from California, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, White Zinfandel and Pinot Grigio

§  Sales of Pinot Noir jumped after the main character in the 2004 hit movie, Sideways, extolled the varietal’s virtues.  Bottle Shock in 2008 tells the story of the 1976 “Judgment of Paris” where California wines beat French wines in a blind tasting that gave California international recognition.

§  In 1769, by Franciscan missionary Father Junipero Serra at Mission San Diego de Alcala. He planted a variety known as the Mission grape to make wines for the church.

§  What’s the difference between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio? No difference except the origin of the names.  Pinot Gris takes its name from its pinkish-gray grapes (“gris" means "gray" in French and "grigio"—as the wine is called in Italy—means "gray" in Italian.)  This wine has recently skyrocketed to popularity in the U.S., and thrives in California’s cooler coastal spots.

§  Sustainable winegrowing is a set of best practices that guide California’s growers and vintners in producing wine in an environmentally friendly and socially responsible manner that benefits families, employees, communities and wildlife, and the soils, air and water that make great wines possible.  The California wine community has the most widely adopted green winemaking and winegrowing program in the world and one of the few that measures and reports statewide performance.  The program has earned the state’s top environmental award.