Happy September 1st!
And Happy California Wine Month!
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared September 2007 as “California Wine Month” in a proclamation praising California’s wine community for strengthening the state’s economy and highlighting the ideal climate, beautiful scenery, geographic diversity and unparalleled expertise of its grape growers and vintners. This is the third consecutive year that Governor Schwarzenegger has honored the state’s wine industry.
Each year, nearly 20 million tourists visit wine regions throughout the state to explore and enjoy the wines, the cuisine and cultural offerings associated with California’s signature industry.
“We are pleased that the contributions of California’s vintners and winegrape growers are recognized by the governor as a unique and special part of California,” said Robert P. (Bobby) Koch, President and CEO of the Wine Institute. “California is a spectacular place to grow and make wine, and the world leader in sustainable winegrowing practices.”
The Wine Institute is partnering with winery members, regional winery and grower associations, restaurants and other organizations with a calendar of California wine events in September. Visit californiawineevents.com for listings of events in California wine country this month and throughout the year.
California is the fourth largest wine producer in the world, producing 90 percent of all American wine and two of every three bottles enjoyed in the United States.