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Current number of female Masters of Wine in the world, out of a total of 390 worldwide. While both men and women have always been eligible to take the MS exams, it wasn’t until 1970 that a female became a Master of Wine—Sarah Morphew Stephen. Furthermore, 1979 was the first year that equal numbers of women and men passed the exam.

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Percentage of British respondents in a recent survey who thought that terroir referred to a small breed of dog. Another 30% said terroir was a type of French horror film. Reassuringly, 34% of those surveyed did connect the term to wine. The survey was commissioned by the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET), the world’s leading wine certification body, as part of their global Wine Education Week.

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Number of berries per day that a new raspberry-picking robot will be able to pick. The U.K.-developed robot, guided by sensors and 3D cameras, uses artificial intelligence to determine fruit ripeness. The need for Robocrops (robots who pick crops) in the U.K. has emerged following Brexit-related shortages of seasonal workers.

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Percentage of U.S. adults who order meal preparation kits (like Hello Fresh or Blue Apron) more than once a week, according to a recent Gallup poll. Indeed, 88% of U.S. adults have never ordered such a kit. According to the same study, only 1% of U.S. adults order groceries online for pickup more than once a week and 81% never have.

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Age (in years) of a scuppernong grapevine thought to be the oldest vine in North America. Called “Mother Vine,” it’s located on North Carolina’s Roanoke Island and was probably planted either by Native Americans or an early colony of settlers on the island who mysteriously disappeared in 1590. The vine’s trellised canes stretch 30 feet by 120 feet.

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Percentage of rosé sold in the five months between May and September last year, according to a report in Seven Fifty Daily. Five years ago, most rosé sales were limited to just the main three summer months. In France (where rosé sales now exceed white wine sales), rosé has become a year-round beverage, especially popular at ski resorts in wintertime.

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Year that the biggest wine-producing state—California—received statehood 169 years ago next week (September 9). Today, California has 3,900 wineries and 637,000 acres/242,400 hectares planted to wine grapes. Wine sales in California reached $40.2 billion in 2018. 95% of the $1.6 billion in U.S. wine exports came from California.

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Price per bottle (in U.S. dollars) of rapper Jay-Z’s new non-vintage Brut Champagne called “A-3” which will be released in the U.S. this week. The wine—a Blanc de Noirs made from pinot noir—is part of the Armand de Brignac brand which Jay-Z bought in 2014 after making the company “an offer it couldn’t refuse,” according to The Drinks Business. The wine is a blend of three vintages and was on the lees for six years before disgorging.

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Number of millions of gallons of wine consumed in the world in 2018 according to a just released report by the OIV (International Organisation of Vine and Wine). The U.S. remains the largest total consumer at 872 million gallons (although not the leader on a per capita basis). France, Italy, Germany, and China follow respectively. The United Kingdom, an important export market for wine, consumes about two and a half times less wine than the U.S.

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Current number of approved Cru Bourgeois châteaux in Bordeaux. Collectively, they produce about 33 million bottles (31% of the Médoc’s production). The Cru Bourgeois are estates that were not ranked in the 1855 Classification and they are known for making good quality, modestly priced Bordeaux wine. There are three levels: Cru Bourgeois, Cru Bourgeois Supérieur and Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel.