Governor Jerry Brown has proclaimed September 2011 as California Wine Month, the seventh consecutive year the state has recognized the contributions of the state’s growers and vintners by proclamation. To celebrate, many of the Golden State8217;s wineries, winegrape growers and regional associations are hosting special consumer wine events. “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 Governor Brown in the proclamation. On Sept. 17, California Wine Rush, a walk-around tasting showcasing top wines from more than a dozen California wine regions throughout the state, will take place in San Francisco in the Grand Hall of the historic Ferry Building during the lively Saturday farmer8217;s market. Nancy Light is Communications Director, Wine Institute, representing 85% of U.S. wine production and 90% of U.S. wine exports.
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