Monthly Archives: July 2010

Monthly Archives: July 2010

Happy Stands: Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara Becomes an Official AVA

Posted on by Arianna Armstrong in Wine Tasting Trips | 4 Comments

On January 16, 1919 the Eighteenth Amendment (Amendment XVIII) and the Volstead Act went into effect in the United States. The ratification of these acts of Congress prohibited the consumption of “intoxicating liquors”, except for use in medicine, church rituals and up to 200 gallons per year of personal, home consumption. As one might expect, Prohibition was fairly controversial and not wholly embraced by the people. The public’s demand for hooch led to speakeasies, bathtub gin and, in California alone, …

Random Wine Statistics

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California exports relatively little wine (100 million gallons, half in bulk at just over $4 per gallon; sales in bottle average $11.60 per gallon.) Lapsley pointed out that low-cost wine is made from inexpensive grapes, most from the San Joaquin Valley. The districts south of the Delta grew 52% of all grapes crushed in 2009. – Wines & Vines Monday as I drove through the very flat, relentlessly hot, and not to mention smoggy San Joaquin Valley from CA-46 south, …