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The mountainous state in the west of North America with the capital Salt Lake City belonged to Mexico until 1848, was territory of the USA from 1850 and only became the 45th state in 1896. About 70% of the population are Mormons. This denomination 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). Mormons are strictly forbidden alcohol, nicotine, coffee and tea (except for medical reasons). There are countless regulations in this regard, which go into great detail.

In restaurants, hard drinks may only be served with food. Bars that wish to serve hard drinks without a meal must register with the authorities as a "private club". Strict rules apply to public consumption of alcohol. Each served glass may only contain 28.3 grams of "premium alcohol" (about 1/4 wine with 13.5% vol). Each time a glass is poured from the bottle, a counting machine records how much has entered the glass. The bartender must always make sure that he does not bring a guest a new glass until the old one is empty. Only one glass of alcohol is allowed next to the plate at a time.

It has 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, which are situated up to 1,800 meters above sea level, hybrids, but also European varieties are cultivated. Apart from the fact that state and counties are automatically considered AVA areas, there is no area classified as AVA. Wineries are Castle Creek Winery & Red Cliffs Lodge, La Caille Winery & Vineyards, Native Wines, Spanish Valley Vineyards & Winery and William Cooper Winery.

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