Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Governor Brown Proclaims September California Wine Month

Governor Jerry Brown has proclaimed September 2011 as California Wine Month, the seventh consecutive year the state has recognized the contributions of the state’s growers and vintners by proclamation. To celebrate, many of the Golden State’s wineries, winegrape growers and regional associations are hosting special consumer wine events, which can be found at the Discover California Wine website. Members are encouraged to add their winery events in September and year-round to the site to take advantage of ongoing publicity efforts.

“As an industry, California wine brings innumerable benefits to the state. Our scenic and historic wine-growing regions, a renowned cuisine based on food and wine pairings, and the opportunity to taste and purchase our world-famous wines bring an estimated 20.7 million tourists to our state each year,” said Governor Brown in the proclamation. “Our state’s wineries create jobs for 330,000 Californians and revenue from retail sales of $18.4 billion, including $1.14 billion in exports sales to 122 countries.”

California Wine Month, established and coordinated by Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers, is also supported by hotel, restaurant, retail and association partners including:

National/Regional: California Travel and Tourism Commission; California Grocers Association; Safeway; Vons; California Pizza Kitchen; Kimpton Hotels; Amtrak; P.F. Chang’s China Bistro; Morton’s The Steakhouse; Vino Volo.

California: Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant (San Francisco); The Ritz Carlton, Los Angeles; JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE; Corkbar (Los Angeles); Napa Valley Grille (Westwood); Inertia Beverage Group (Napa).

New York: California Wine Merchant; 67 Wine & Spirits; Chelsea Wine Vault; Morrell & Co; Morrell Wine Bar & Café (Manhattan); Brooklyn Wine Exchange; Custom American Wine Bar; Red, White and Bubbly; Thirst Wine Merchant (Brooklyn); Bedford Wine Merchants; Rye Brook Wine & Spirits (Westchester).

For further information, contact or visit the California Wine Month website.

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