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CONGRESS PROCLAIMS FEB. 21-27 AMERICAN WINE APPRECIATION WEEK

 WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- American winemakers are gathering in the nation's capital this week for a series of wine tastings commemorating the first-ever American Wine Appreciation Week.
 Established by a joint act of Congress, Feb. 21-27 has been proclaimed American Wine Appreciation Week. The Congressional resolution notes that wine "was produced by our founding fathers, including Thomas Jefferson. Winegrape growing and wine production in the United States continue today as a significant agricultural industry in 43 of the states."
 A highlight of the week will be a wine tasting held for members of Congress and many Clinton Administration staffers on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The tasting, sponsored by the American Vintners Association, will feature wines from 30 states. On Thursday, a delegation from the Napa Valley Vintners Association will conduct a series of tastings for the press, wine trade and consumers.
 American Wine Appreciation Week promotes recognition of the more than 1,300 wineries in the United States which together support 200,000 jobs and account for more than $8 billion in annual sales.
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 /CONTACT: Sarah Kenney of American Vintners Association, 202-778-8201; or John Gillespie of The Wine Alliance, 707-433-8268; or Roberta Silverman or Laura Segall of Rogers & Associates, 310-552-6922/


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