Welcome to California, grapes

Wine is a big deal. From ancient Roman times, to the cultured 21st century, wine is a big part of culture. Nearly every civilization in the world has wine. The Romans thought wine was the elixir of the gods. They harvested grapes, made their own wines and even traded with other civilizations. Modern day Romans, or the Italians, remain experts in both red and white wines.

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However, American culture is fairly new to wine. The American Indians had many drinks that they made, however, most of them were made from herbs from trees or in the forest. But modern-day California is notorious for its wines and rare grapes. For example, California is known for its Syrah and Merlot blends.

The state of California is responsible for more than 90 percent of the country’s wine production. In addition, it falls just under Australia as the world’s fourth-largest wine producer.  The state’s climate proves to be the perfect conditions for growing grapes, which include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Zinfandel.

California also produces a number of sparkling and dessert wines. Some so delicious, and of such a high quality that they would give France a run for their money. That said, my wine recommendation today is to try a California Muscat.

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