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octobre, 2020

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EVERY NUMBER TELLS A STORY

California’s wine community takes sustainability seriously. Just look at the stats. The tally of sustainable stakeholders is spiking, and they’re having an impact from grape to glass. Numbers to boast about: Wineries that produce 92% of California wines. More than 30% of California’s vineyard acreage. And over 6 million cases of wine. All are certified by Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing’s program, a certification with rigor and meaning. Sustainability is a journey, and there is always more to do, but just look how far we’ve come

The Pour

Which Wine?

The 2020 California grape harvest is well underway, with most of the state’s vineyards picked and cellars full of fermenting juice. Both Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel tend to bring up the rear, so some grape growers may still be watching and waiting for these varieties to reach ideal ripeness. Either variety would complement this robust pasta dish. California Cabernet Sauvignon tends to be more refined, structured and elegant, Zinfandel more spicy, zesty and fruit-forward. Whichever you choose, pay attention to serving temperature. The bottle should feel a little cool to the touch for maximum enjoyment.

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Wine Institute is an association of California wineries and affiliated businesses from the beautiful and diverse wine regions throughout the state. Wine Institute works to create an environment where the wine community can flourish and contribute in a positive fashion to our nation, state and local communities. For information please contact communications@wineinstitute.org.