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Average percentage of slope of the hillsides covered by vineyards used for Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore. By comparison, Prosecco DOC comes from high-yielding vineyards on the flatlands. Because of the steep terrain, Prosecco Superiore must be harvested by hand.

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150

Number of millions of trees that died during California’s recent mega drought, according to the journal Nature Geosciences. The drought began in 2011 and officially ended this year. Lack of rain, extreme heat, and overcrowding lead to the mass die-offs that have been labelled a tree-mageddon. Added to 150 million tree deaths from drought are millions more that have resulted from catastrophic wildfires.

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Cost (in U.S. dollars) of a single bottle of 2015 Liber Pater Bordeaux which, when it is released in September, will make it the most expensive in the world, according to The Drinks Business. The wine was made in clay amphora from ungrafted varieties native to Bordeaux but virtually extinct there now, including castets, tarney-coulant and pardotte. 550 bottles of the wine were produced from the Graves-based estate.

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Debut vintage of Château Lafite Rothschild’s long-awaited Chinese luxury wine Long Dai. (The name means “chiseled mountain.”) The wine—a blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, and marselan from the relatively humid eastern province of Shandong–will be released for the first time this September for about $159. Some 2,500 cases were made.

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Percentage of the world’s garlic grown by China. Indeed, while Gilroy, California, claims to be the “Garlic Capital of the World,” that distinction more rightfully belongs to Shandong, China, with its humongous garlic industry. As a result of current trade wars between the U.S. and China, the U.S. has recently imposed a new 10% tax on the aromatic bulbs.

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Value (in U.S. dollars) of wine recently stolen from the Parisian restaurant Maison Rostang. The wine-savvy thieves chose top bottles including Pétrus and Domaine de la Romanée Conti. The heist recalls one in New York City several decades ago except that those robbers unwittingly took multiple cheap French wines believing the French labels to be superior to the priceless aged Napa Valley wines they left behind.

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Degrees in Fahrenheit recently recorded in the southern French village of Gallargues-le-Montueux in the Languedoc-Roussillon. Grape clusters and grape leaves were burned to a crisp within a few hours. It was the hottest temperature ever recorded in France, and spells new anguish for wine regions beset by the disastrous repercussions of climate change.

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Approximate number of millions of bottles of Prosecco DOC produced from last year’s harvest according to Drinks Business. That’s a lot of cheerful (and pretty cheap) Prosecco. But there’s also a higher caliber Prosecco, known as Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, DOCG. It costs a few dollars more, but it’s got way more personality and a lot richer flavor. Look for our upcoming Special Edition on Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore later this summer.

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Amount (in millions of U.S. dollars) that Napa Valley’s Heitz Wine Cellars recently paid for a 50-acre vineyard in Rutherford, in the heart of Napa Valley. That’s $500,000 an acre. Last year, the Heitz family sold Heitz Wine Cellars and its 400 acres of vineyards to Arkansas billionaire Gaylon Lawrence for $180 million. Lawrence bought the 50-acre vineyard, known as Wildwood, from giant Treasury Wine Estates.

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Number of billions of acres in the United States currently at risk for catastrophic wildfires. According to the U.S. Forest Service, the hazardous conditions are a result of changing climate, home development in high-risk locations, and a history of suppressing wildfires. The Forest Service predicts they will spend $2.5 billion on fighting fires this year alone.