The annual California / LCBO love it took the first part of the day. California thanks the LCBO for its support and then continues by rubbing it in with enviable numbers like 196 million (dollars of California wine sold by the LCBO); 9 (percentage of increase in sales on the general list); 4 (where they sit in sales in the overall LCBO scheme); 1 (with 20% of Vintages sales that have taken over top spot); 72 and 84 (percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay – respectively – sold in Vintages).
Then up stood guest speaker, Evan Goldstein (MS) to speak about California and had a few of his own numbers to share: 7395 (number of wineries in the USA); 3519 (wineries in California); 18 (years of continuous growth of wine consumption in the US); 90 (percentage of US wine exports that were California wine).
Evan also gave his top ten of what is happening in the world of California wine ... some highlights:
1 - White wine is making a comeback – 40% of all new plantings are muscat and is the number 2 white wine, surpassing Sauvignon Blanc
2 - There is a Chardonnay Renaissance
4 - Alternative grapes are gaining traction
8 - Wines by the Keg at bars and restaurants – keeps freshness from first to last drop.
9 - Bloggers are the new world order –and don’t foreget social media.
Finally ... as for the wine, with close to 500 wines in the room it's hard to taste them all.
(click here to see the wines)
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