We’ll Drink to This: U.S. Wine Sales Sparkling

Americans are ponying up for Pinot.

By Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

Pour yourself another glass of vino, Americans. We’re blushing with pride.

The Los Angeles Times reports U.S. wine sales were up 7 percent in 2010 over 2009, according to San Francisco’s Wine Institute.

And Americans are enjoying their Cabs, Pinots and Chardonnays—a lot. We don’t want to go so far as to say we’re becoming a nation of winos, but in 2010, for the first time, the U.S. drank more wine than France did, the newspaper says. Can we get a chant? U.S.A.! U.S.A.!

Well, actually, the French still drink much more wine per capita than we do, according to the Times; we just have a lot more bodies to take down a bottle of Burgundy. Still, we’re gaining ground when it comes to grapes. 

The newspaper adds that more U.S. diners are ordering up full bottles in restaurants—single glasses are for sissies—and shoppers are shelling out more for their Merlot, Syrahs and Zinfandels, too. The Wine Institute says sales of $7-to-$14 bottles of wine grew 5 percent last year, the Times reports.

Really, we feel it’s our patriotic duty to pop another cork. As Cardinal Richeleu wisely noted, “If God forbade drinking, would he have made wine so good?”
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First Published June 2, 2011

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