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15.6

Number (in millions) of bottles of wine produced in Great Britain last year, according to Wines of Great Britain—130% higher than in 2017. The UK wine industry is the fastest growing agricultural sector in the kingdom, with 7,000 acres currently under vine and another 2 million vines about to be planted this year.

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109

Number of acres of Petit Manseng, a white clone of the black Manseng grape, currently planted in Virginia. The 2019 Virginia Governor’s Cup, a competition of 500 Virginia wines, awarded first place to Horton Vineyards for their 2016 Petit Manseng, the first time that variety has won. Petit Manseng is considered an up-and-coming variety in that state.

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70.5

Value (in billions of U.S. dollars) of the wine industry in the U.S. according to Wines Vines Analytics. That’s double what the U.S. wine market was worth fifteen years ago. In total, 408 million cases of wine were sold—77 million in restaurants, and 331 million in wine shops and stores.

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2k

Number of hours—equivalent to a full year of working hours in the U.S.—Lalique (the luxury glass company) spent making the world’s most expensive wine barrel.  The cost? Estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Crafted entirely of crystal, the barrel weighs 882 pounds and currently holds the 2013 vintage of Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes.

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1

Rank achieved by Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (Napa Valley) in Vivino’s 2019 Wine Style Awards. Scarecrow’s first place was based on its cumulative score of 4.9 out of 5, beating out Domaine de la Romanée Conti “La Tâche” 2000 by 0.2 percentage points. Scarecrow is owned by Bret Lopez and Mimi DeBlasio, and is made by winemaker Celia Welch.

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159+

Number of millions of Americans who say they are drinking tea on any given day according to the Tea Association of the U.S., approximately 80% of which is iced. Besides water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world. In our office, the kettle is always hot. Millennials appear to be the most likely demographic to be pouring themselves a cup with 87% reporting they drink tea.

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1961

Year that Richard Sommer, an Army veteran with a degree in horticulture from the University of California, Davis, planted pinot noir at his Hillcrest Vineyard in the Umpqua Valley, the first pinot noir planted in Oregon. Six years later, Sommer quit his day job to make wine full-time, bottling 6,000 gallons of juice for Oregon’s first vintage of pinot noir.

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1.6

Value (in billions of U.S. dollars) of the pistachio industry in California. The Golden State supplies 99% of the nation’s pistachios with over 312,000 planted acres. A single nut from Rafsanjan, Iran, mothered the entire commercial pistachio crop in the U.S. It was planted in Chico, California, in 1931.

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150

Approximate age (in years) of the oldest zinfandel vines in California. The still-producing vines are part of the Original Grandpère Vineyard in Amador County. Four wineries share the fruit from the vineyard to make their old-vine zinfandel wines: Andis Wines, Scott Harvey Wines, Vino Noceto, and Macchia. The original planter of the vineyard is not known.

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2040

Estimated year after which most of Germany will be suitable for grape growing, according to the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research. Historically, only small areas in southern Germany or areas along major rivers (which moderate cold temperatures) have been warm enough to grow grapes and make wine.