1. "For the first time in recorded history, America bought more wine in 2011 than any other country in the world."

2. "Napa Valley experienced another cooler than average wine growing season — a decade-long trend. The cool summer led to “the latest start to harvest that any vintner or grower can remember." The first grapes for the sparkling harvest were brought in on Aug. 29."

Source: "A Look Back at the Year in Wine" (thanks to Joe Lais)

3. "Three dollar natural gas or to be precise $2.98 for a thousand cubic feet on December 30, 2011 natural gas was the biggest, most powerful energy and environment fact of 2011."