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Red wine, white wine....The Holidays are coming. Are you looking or searching for the history and particulars of the best ones? This site might be helpful. CLICK HERE: Types of Grape

Viticulture was originally brought to California by Spanish Franciscan friars, who began cultivating grapes at California missions in 1769 to produce sacramental wines. However, it was not until the 1800s that the production of fresh grapes became popular. The first fresh grape vineyard was planted on land just outside of present-day Los Angeles in 1839 (California Table Grape Commission).


During 2008, 7.4 billion tons of grapes, valued at $3.3 billion, were grown commercially in the United States. California accounted for 6.7 million tons, or 90 percent, of these grapes. Other top grape-growing states included Washington (5%), New York (3%), Pennsylvania (1%) and Michigan (1%). (NASS 2009)

Compared to other grape uses, the fresh grape industry accounts for a small portion of the total grapes grown. In 2008 only 978,000 tons of fresh grapes, or 13 percent of all grapes, were produced. The largest producer was California, with 969,000 tons of fresh grapes. However, fresh grapes accounted for only 12 percent, or $366.7 million, of the total value of the state's 2008 grape production. (NASS 2009) May 2009.


WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?


I couldn't help but post Professor Roger Short's presentation during the Darwin Festival 2009. It's a reality about Global Warming that really needs immediate action. No one is exempted from doing their part and regardless of race or religion, we must act now or else, our Mother Earth will perish.

Just in time for the movie 2012, comments of fear for the future after watching the movie will really open our eyes and help us realize - though exaggerated as the movie may seem - that this can become a reality if we continue to exploit our environment.

What future can we give our children and our children's children? What kind of paradise will they see if we don't do anything about it? This is the only home that we have, so open your hearts and your minds into realizing that the Earth is not only for our own time, but the time for all generations to come.

To view more enlightening talks about Charles Darwin, click here: Darwin Festival 2009
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