A recent report by Wine Spectator magazine highlights the importance of being an informed consumer of the wine industry in California.
The report found that wine is the second most popular alcoholic beverage in California, behind beer, with more than a quarter of the market, with $1.4 billion in annual sales.
The other top two brands in the market are vodka and wine, with about a third each.
Wine and spirits sales account for roughly 10% of California’s economy, according to the report.
The report also found that consumers were most likely to visit vineyards, wineries, winery operators and wineries themselves, and to visit wineries that were owned by others.
The Wine Spectators report is based on the annual sales of the top five wineries in California in the United States.
It estimates that California’s wineries produce approximately $1 billion in wine sales annually, while wineries with fewer than 50 employees earn less than $500,000.
The top five vineyards in California were ranked by the Wine Spectation rankings: Sonoma Vineyards, San Francisco Winery, Sonoma Wine Cellars, San Diego Winery and Napa Vineyards.
The number of wineries is declining in the industry.
According to the WineSpectators report, the number of vineyards currently under contract has declined by 17% from its peak in the 1980s, and that number is expected to decline by another 5% to 6% over the next 10 years.
The decline is particularly steep among California wineries whose sales have increased by more than 20% in the last three years, the report found.
Sonoma Vineyard has seen its share of the California wine market decline in recent years.
In 2015, Sonomas share of California wine sales was the fourth lowest in the nation, and the industry is still recovering from the 2008 economic recession, according a 2016 report from the Wine Institute.
California’s wine industry is growing, but its share has declined over the last five years.
As a result, the Wine Surfer magazine reports that the number and size of winery facilities is increasing, with the majority of new wineries now employing fewer than 25 workers.
Sonomas Sonoma vineyards have increased production and output in recent decades, according the Wine Survey, and many are now being added to the top tier of winemaking facilities.