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american wine

Okay kiddo, let's talk about American wine! You know how we have grape juice at home? Well, grown-ups turn those grapes into wine. And in America, we have lots of different places where people grow grapes and make wine.

One of those places is called California. California is a big state on the west coast of America, and it's special because it has really warm weather and lots of sunshine. That makes it a great place to grow grapes, especially a special kind of grape called a "Cabernet Sauvignon" grape.

Some other places that are good for growing grapes and making wine are called "New York" and "Oregon". They're both in different parts of the country, and they have their own special kinds of grapes that grow there too.

Now, when grown-ups make wine, they do a lot of things to make sure it tastes good. They mash up the grapes, let them ferment (that means they sit and get all bubbly), and then they put the wine in barrels (big barrels that look like barrels you might see on a pirate ship!) to age. That means the wine sits in the barrel for a really long time (sometimes years!) and gets even tastier.

When the wine is all done, people can buy it in stores or go visit the places where it was made and taste it there. Some people even have wine with their meals instead of other drinks like soda or juice.

So, that's American wine! It's made from grapes grown all over the country, and there are lots of different kinds to try!
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