40 Winers

The State of California commemorates the 1848 Gold discovery marking James Wilson Marshall's historic find at Sutter's Mill in Coloma Valley, near Sacramento. The promise of mineral riches caused California's population to soar half a million from an estimated 14,000 in 1848, making the Gold Rush of 1949 one of the largest migrations of people in history. But as gold fever subsided, many newcomers turned from digging gold to pursuing a more enduring wealth born from the earth, liquid gold that was California Wine. Because of these events, this collective set of full-bodied specialty wines was created as homage to the Gold Rush that attracted a cultural mixture of pioneering winegrowers to the area, thus launching California to the forefront of the world's wine industry.

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