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Rank of the Loire Valley as the leading region for the production of white wines in France. (It ranks 2nd for rosés). The Loire makes just about every style of wine conceivable—still and sparkling, dry and semi-dry, red, white, and rosé. There are an astounding 61 appellations within this one region. Known as the “Garden of France,” the Loire is also famous for its grand châteaux surrounded by moats.

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1999

Year the United States Congressional Wine Caucus was founded by Congressman Mike Thompson (Democrat, 5th District). The bipartisan caucus, which has over 115 Congressional members, helps address the needs of the wine industry, such as labor and water shortages. When Thompson founded the Caucus, the first member to join was Hillary Clinton, then a senator from New York.

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140

Number of years the Shooting Star Saloon in Huntsville, Utah, has been open, making it the longest continuously operating bar west of the Mississippi River. Visitors to this historic watering hole have written their names and notes on dollar bills which now cover the ceiling of the bar. The value of those bills is reported to be worth over $14,000.

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121k

Average amount (in U.S. dollars) spent on alcohol by New York City residents over their lifetimes.  The organization Alcohol.org recently completed a study looking at how much money people spend on wine, beer, and spirits. Residents of New York City, Minneapolis, and Miami spend the most. Residents of Birmingham, New Orleans, and Memphis spend the least.

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33k

Number of wine books, manuscripts, maps, and other written materials on wine in the University of California, Davis’ library, which includes a Special Collections department with rare manuscripts on wine dating back to 1287.  The Davis library’s wine collection (which is open to the public) includes works in over 50 languages and is considered one of the most extensive collections on wine in the world.

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25k

Estimated cost (in U.S. dollars) for consultant research needed to help establish an AVA (American Viticultural Area). According to Wine-Searcher, it could take years for an AVA petition to come to fruition. As of December 2018, there were 242 AVAs in the U.S., 139 of which are in California.

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95

Percentage of wineries in Israel that are considered kosher according to the 2019 Asian Wine Review. Israel, with over 300 wineries, produces over 79 million gallons of wine annually, with the most premium wines coming from the Galilee region in the north. Among the key grape varieties: cabernet sauvignon and colombard.

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334k

Approximate number of acres of vineyards in Australia. While the Australian landmass is very large, vineyards are almost exclusively located near the southeastern and western coasts, not in the extremely dry interior of the country. By comparison, Bordeaux alone has almost as many acres of vineyard as all of Australia.

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45

Percentage of the world’s riesling grapes that are grown in Germany. With over 58,800 acres, Germany is home to the world’s largest vineyard area dedicated to that country’s famous white grape. Historical records indicate that winemaking in Germany began before 50 B.C., and riesling has been growing there since the 1400s.

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21

Amount (in millions of U.S. dollars) that Diageo, the parent company of Guinness, is investing in non-plastic packaging for all of its beer brands. The plastic rings used to carry six-packs will be replaced with biodegradable cardboard, thereby reducing plastic waste annually by over 400 tons.