We like to think that every month is "wine month," but Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has officially declared September as California Wine Month. It's a recognition of California's wine industry and its impact on the economy. So how does the wine business contribute to the health of our fine state? Consider these facts:
- California wine generates 820,000 jobs nationally, and 330,000 in California alone.
- 21 million tourists visit California's wine regions annually
- California's wine industry produces 90 percent of the wine sold nationally; California is also the fourth largest wine producer in the world.
"Our wineries attract tourism and provide countless jobs for Californians," said Governor Schwarzenegger in a statement. "Many are also committed to serving their communities and promoting socially and environmentally responsible farming practices."
Look for plenty of events and specials related to "California Wine Month" in September. Here's one you can count on: Gonul's (3839 J St., Sacramento) will be hosting a winemaker dinner on Sept. 13 to commemorate "National Wine Month." Look for a four-course dinner with California wine pairings for $42 a head. For a coupon and more information, visit Gonul's web site.