Intro to CA Wine
California wines are the most well known wines from the United States and compose almost 90% of the total US wine production. California produces so much wine that if it was an independent country, it would be the worlds 4th leading wine producer. Wine and California have been together since the 18th century, when Spanish missionaries took root. Every mission had their own vineyard to produce wine for religious purposes as well as personal use. However, California did not achieve international recognition until 1976 when Californian wines defeated French wines in at the Judgment of Paris Wine Competition in both red and white wine categories
There are currently over 1200 wineries in operation ranging from extremely small to giant corporations.
The big 3 corporations (E&J Gallo, Constellation, and The Wine Group) account for 64% of all wine produced in California.
Additionally, California has many diverse geologic regions, climates, and terroirs.
In total, there are more than 430,000 acres of vines and more than 100 AVA’s or American Viticultural Areas.
Discover CA Wine Country Video
Intro Fill in the Blank Quiz
is an alcoholic beverage made with fermented grapes. Technically, wine can be made with any fruit, but most wines are made with wine grapes.
are different than table grapes. They are much smaller, they have seeds, and they are also sweeter than table grapes.
Grapevines take a year to grow grapes. The harvest in the northern hemisphere is Aug.- Oct.
Vintage refers to the year when the grapes were harvested.
(NV) wines are a blend of several harvests.
A single-varietal wine is made with one grape variety
A is made by mixing several types of wines together
A temperate climate is where grapes grow best. In North America, grapes grow from northern Mexico to southern Canada
Regions with make wines that taste more tart.
Regions with make wines that taste more ripe.