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

In restaurants, hard drinks may only be served for dinner. Bars that want to offer hard drinks without a meal must register with the agency as a "private club". The rule is that each served glass may contain only 28.3 grams of "premium alcohol" (about 1/4 wine with 13.5% vol). Each time a bottle is dispensed, a counting machine records how much has reached the glass. The bartender must always make sure that he brings a guest the re-ordered new glass until the old is empty. There must always be only one glass of alcohol next to the plate.

There is an extreme steppe climate with relatively hot summers and cold, snowy winters. Viticulture plays no major role due to the restrictive laws. On the lying up to 1,800 meters above sea level vineyards are hybrids, but also cultivated European varieties. Apart from the fact that state and counties are automatically considered as AVA areas, there is none as AVA classified area. There are only five wineries, these are Castle Creek Winery and Red Cliffs Lodge, La Caille Winery and Vineyards, Native Wines, Spanish Valley Vineyards and Winery and William Cooper Winery.

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