Alaska is the largest state in the United States in terms of land area – if a map of Alaska were superimposed upon a map of the USA, Alaska would overlap Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico and Colorado. The climate varies widely throughout the State and temperatures can range from 22ºC (72°F) in high summer to -28ºC (-19°F) in winter. Alaska has been thawing since the mid 1970s and the Columbia Glacier, big enough to dwarf the mountains through which it flows, is melting. It has retreated 8 miles, leaving a litter of floating ice behind it. The permanently frozen ground which covers most of Alaska is thawing for the first time for 125,000 years. If the thaw persists tens of millions of acres of forest will be turned into swamps. Vines could grow grapes in Alaska’s milder areas like Anchorage in the future. This cyclical “Global Warming” (if that doesn’t get me comments nothing will) may make Alaska the new Napa Valley (for a few centuries). There is good in everything!
There are wineries in all 50 United States, but no official vineyards in the state of Alaska, but that doesn’t stop the people from enjoying the grape. There are reportedly 11 licensed wineries operate in the state but I only found 3, typically using a grape concentrate with Alaska berries. Many say they are experiencing strong sales. From salmonberry wine to honey-based meads and yes, onions! read Alaska Wine Wins Hearts
WINERY and LOCATION
Alaskan Wilderness Wines
Great Land Wines
Despite federal pressure, Alaska is one of the few remaining states in the union without a strong open container law. In Alaska, it is perfectly legal for passengers to drink alcohol, as long as the driver is not drinking or impaired. A corkscrew in the glove compartment just doesn’t sound like a good idea.
For Fun: from Enobytes.com – In Fairbanks, AK, it is illegal to serve alcoholic beverages to moose. I’m pretty sure Sarah Palin had nothing to do with this law since she likes to hunt moose and we all know it’s easier to hunt drunk moose than it is to hunt sober moose but don’t tell Dick Cheney. He might decide to go hunting again.