Welcome to my US Wine Infographic for your statistical consumption. Wine has come a long - and somewhat bumpy - way since it was uprooted and migrated with the pioneers and the mission movement from various parts of the globe. Despite the various legal and fashionable shifts in wine consumption, the number of wineries has increased from 1,000 in post-prohibition 1940 to almost 9,000 in 2012. I have been dabbling with graphic design once again and my US Wine Production Infographic clearly highlights the US as a global wine producer. California and the ubiquitous Chardonnay is still the clear favorite for production. People obviously can’t get enough of that green apple and vanilla. Click here to view or download the pdf or view the png version below.
The breathtaking easterly views down to Silicon Valley and the slowly advancing fog over Skyline Boulevard towards the west make the location of Thomas Fogarty winery so wonderfully enchanting. As a full moon prepared itself for a bold entrance behind me, I headed up the curvaceous Page Mill Road for a treat: The Thomas Fogarty 2011 Chardonnay wine tasting. The pre-release 2011 horizontal Estate Chardonnay tasting consisted of four closely located Estate Chardonnay’s from the Santa Cruz Mountains as well as a contrasting 2010 and a 2008 (not listed). All of the wines experienced similar viticultural practices, oak aging and élevage so the tasting differences noted are purely down to position within the Estate. This was pure poetry and a tantalizing taste for - and test of - terroir.
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