Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Cheers to California Winemakers!

Although California is a relative newcomer to the 8,000-year old art of winemaking, the Golden State produces 90% of all U.S. wine, and is the 4th leading wine producer in the world. California Wine is the number one finished agricultural product in retail value in the U.S. generating $125.3 billion, 875,000 jobs, and attracting twenty million wine tourists each year. Those statistics are extra impressive considering that California wineries are predominately family owned boutiques. It’s a business that requires guts, hard work, imagination, and knowledge in both the art and science of viniculture.

Winemaking is civilizing, it's ancient, it's hip, it's cool, it changes culture and it heightens the spirit and the romance of life. And for that we owe all vintners everywhere a debt of thanks.