US Now Biggest Wine Consumer

US Top Wine Consumer

US #1 wine consumer< US wine drinkers can pat themselves on the back. Driven by an upsurge in the number of wine bloggers (ha ha), the United States has stomped into the #1 wine consumption spot.

The U.S. surpassed France as the world’s largest wine-consuming nation in 2010, with wine shipments to the U.S. from California, other states and foreign producers growing 2% from the previous year to nearly 330 million cases, a record high for the industry, according to wine industry consultants Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates in Woodside. The estimated retail value of these sales was $30 billion, up 4% from 2009. [Press release.]

The US has experienced 17 years of consecutive growth in wine consumption. Among other things, that shows that even the dot-com bust and the global financial crisis did nothing to slow down America’s appreciation of wine.

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