After another hugely successful day at the Wine Institute of California annual tasting, we were delighted to see that Fiona Beckett mentioned two of our wines in her “California Dreaming” article which appeared in The Guardian magazine on Saturday the 6th of April.
The Crusher Pinot Noir and Smoking Loon Syrah appeared in her article looking for affordable, good quality wines from California, something we pride ourselves in being able to offer.
Here are a couple of snippets from her article.
“British importers are trying to bring over more in the £8-£15 price bracket, some rather more successfully than others. I don’t really think the world needs another chardonnay, or even another porty, high-alcohol zinfandel, but there’s always room for a well-priced pinot noir. It’s hard to beat the silkily sweet the Crusher Wilson Vineyard Pinot Noir which is good value by any standard.”
“I can’t help feeling, though, that California’s USP should be to offer the wine world a bit of fun rather than copycat bordeaux or burgundy. No one quite equals the great Randall Grahm in his heyday (Cardinal Zin being one of the all-time-great wine names), but let’s have more wines such as the 2011 Smoking Loon Syrah, a good, gutsy, spicy red that would be great with the first of the season’s barbecues.”
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California is America’s top wine producer, making 90% of all U.S. wine and is the fourth leading wine producer in the World, behind the countries France, Italy and Spain.
The consistent quality of Californian wine is tied directly to the State’s ideal climate, topography, and soil and it is this reliability and consistency that has enabled the region to increase its sales Worldwide every year since 1993.
Here are some facts about California’s wine production
- California is America’s top wine producer, making 90% of all U.S. wine.
- California is the fourth leading wine producer in the world behind the countries of France, Italy and Spain.
- California’s high wine quality is tied directly to the state’s ideal climate, topography, and soil for winegrapes, so the industry will always be based in California.
- California wine is world renowned with sales increasing every year since 1993 and accounting for two-thirds of all wine sales in the U.S.
- California’s wineries are predominantly family owned and multi-generational.
- California wineries support their communities and are philanthropic.
California’s Wine Industry Benefits the State and Nation
- Produces $51.8 billion in economic value for California.
- Generates $125.3 billion for the U.S. economy.
- Creates 309,000 jobs in California and a total 875,000 jobs nationwide.
- Pays $10.1 billion in wages in California and a total $25.2 billion nationwide.
- Makes $13 billion in state and federal tax payments.
- Attracts 19.7 million tourists annually to all regions of California.
- Generates wine-related tourism expenditures of $2 billion in California.
- Gives $115 million in annual charitable contributions from California wineries.
California Wine and Wineries Offer Intangible Benefits to Communities:
- Enhance the quality of life.
- Promote farming and winemaking practices that are socially and environmentally responsible.
- Offer cultural attractions such as music, festivals, theater, gardens and museums.
- Support local retailers, restaurants, hotels and other businesses.
- Preserve open space and provide scenic pastoral landscapes.
- Build pride for rural communities.
- Bring positive visibility to California and the U.S. worldwide.