Hear ye, hear ye: Governor Jerry Brown has proclaimed September as California Wine Month to help commemorate the state's multi-billion dollar wine industry. Look for a series of related wine events to be held throughout California, including Sonoma Wine Country Weekend during Labor Day and California Wine Rush on Sept. 17 at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. Besides all of this sipping and schmoozing over wine, California Wine Month also honors a business which attracts more than 20 million wine tourists annually.
"Our state's wineries create jobs for 330,000 Californians and revenue from retail sales of $18.4 billion, including $1.14 billion in exports sales to 122 countries." said Gov. Brown, in a statement.
2011 marks the seventh year that September's been proclaimed California Wine Month, during that seasonal time when the industry's in high gear with the grape harvest. According to the California Wine Institute, the Golden State is home to more than 3,400 bonded wineries and 4,600 grape growers, accounting for nearly 90 percent of the United States' wine production.