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The mountainous state in western North America with the capital Salt Lake City belonged to Mexico until 1848 and was the territory from 1850 United States and only became the 45th state in 1896. Around 70% of the population are Mormons. This belief strictly rejects alcohol consumption, the state has the strictest rules in this regard in the United States (see also under prohibition ). The "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" was founded in 1830 by Joseph Smith (1805-1844). Is Mormons alcohol, Nicotine and coffee and tea (except for medical reasons) are strictly prohibited. There are countless detailed regulations in this regard.

In restaurants, hard drinks may only be served with food. Bars that want to offer hard drinks without a meal must register with the authority as a "private club". Strict rules apply to public alcohol consumption. Each glass served may only contain 28.3 grams of "premium alcohol" (about 1/4 wine with 13.5% vol). Each time the bottle is poured out, a counting machine records how much has got into the glass. The bartender must always ensure that he does not bring the reordered glass to a guest until the old one is empty. There may only be one glass of alcohol next to the plate.

There is an extreme steppe climate with hot summers and cold, snowy winters. Viticulture does not play a major role due to the restrictive laws. On the vineyards up to 1,800 meters above sea level hybrids, but also grown European varieties. Apart from the fact that the state and counties are automatically counted as AVA areas, there is none as AVA classified area. Wineries include Castle Creek Winery & Red Cliffs Lodge, La Caille Winery & Vineyards, Native Wines, Spanish Valley Vineyards & Winery and William Cooper Winery.

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