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At a glance

Utah wineries production*

Castle Creek Winery » Moab, 12,000 gallons

Kiler Grove Winegrowers » South Salt Lake, 6,000 gallons

The Hive Winery » Layton, 5,000 gallons

Iron Gate Winery » Cedar City, 2,600 gallons

Spanish Valley Vineyards » Moab, 2,100 gallons

Chanela Farms » St. George, 2,000 gallons

Slide Ridge Winery » Mendon, 1,000 gallons

Ruth Lewandowski Wines » South Salt Lake, 800 gallons (2012)

Planet Party » West Valley City, all products sold out of state

La Caille Restaurant » Sandy, new ownership, not in production yet

Summum » Salt Lake City, wine produced for religious services

*Estimated 2011 harvest

Source: Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

Utah wine tastings

Layton » The Hive Winery, 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday-Saturday, 1220 West Jack D Drive (450 North)

South Salt Lake » Kiler Grove Wine Growers, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday; noon to 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 53 W. Truman Ave. (2330 South)

South Salt Lake » Ruth Lewandowski Wines, tasting begins April 20 by appointment. Call 801-230-7331; 3340 S. 300 West

Moab » Castle Creek Winery, tasting noon to 6:30 p.m., Monday-Sunday, Milepost 14, Hwy 128

Moab » Spanish Valley Vineyards, noon to 7 p.m., Monday-Saturday, off Highway 191, corner of Stocks Drive, Zimmerman Lane

Cedar City » Iron Gate Winery, 11:30 a.m. to midnight, Monday-Saturday, 100 N. 200 West

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U.S. wine production tops in world

Wine sales worldwide increased 2 percent in 2012 from the previous year, to a record of 360.1 million 9-liter cases, with an estimated retail value of $34.6 billion.

In the U.S., California accounted for almost two-thirds (207.7 million cases) of wine sales, with an estimated retail value of $22 billion, said wine industry consultant Jon Fredrikson of Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates. Including exports, 2012 California wine shipments to markets worldwide reached 250.2 million cases.

“The U.S. is the largest wine market in the world with 19 consecutive years of volume growth,” said Wine Institute President and CEO Robert Koch.

Wine shipments to the U.S. market have climbed by nearly 50 percent since 2001, “and it is likely that American consumption will continue to expand over the next decade as wine continues to gain traction among American adult consumers,” said Fredrikson.

Chardonnay remained the most popular varietal (made primarily from a single grape variety), with a 21 percent share of volume, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon, 12 percent volume share; Merlot, 9 percent share; and Pinot Grigio/Gris, 8 percent share.

Top markets for U.S. exports were the European Union’s 27-member countries, accounting for $485 million, up 1.7 percent from last year; followed by Canada, $434 million, up 14 percent; Hong Kong, $115 million, down 30 percent; Japan, $111 million, up 6 percent; China, $74 million, up 18 percent; Vietnam, $27 million, up 22 percent; Mexico, $20 million, up 4 percent; and South Korea, $16 million, up 26 percent.

Source: Wine Institute

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