10 More Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Wine

1.  The U.S. is the largest consumer of wine in the world and now has 101 million wine drinkers

2.  Of the wine consumed in the U.S., 57% is from California, 34% is imported, and 9% is from other wine producing regions in the United States

3.  Wine sales in the U.S. have continued to grow at 2% to 3% per year for the last 21 years

4.  55% of U.S. wine drinkers are women

5.  The most popular white wine in the U.S. is Chardonnay

6.  The most popular red wine in the U.S. is Cabernet Sauvignon

7.  Millennials (adults approximately 21 to 37 years of age) make up 30% of U.S. wine drinkers

8.  DTC* continues to grow, up 15% in 2014 to 1.82 billion dollars

9.  42 states now allow DTC* sales, with Utah, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Delaware the remaining holdouts

10.  The U.S. ranks 62nd in per capita wine consumption at 3.08 gallons per person


*DTC (Direct to Consumer) – sales from wineries shipped directly to consumers

Sources: Wines and Vines Magazine, Wine Market Council, Nielsen Company, Ship Compliant, Wine Institute

About the Author
Jack enjoys wine and visiting wineries whenever he can and wherever he is. If you read any of his posts, it's obvious he has no formal training in wine appreciation or viticulture. Despite numerous tasting experiences guided by experts, he still struggles to taste the appropriate notes of "vanilla and huckleberry" in his cabernet sauvignon. It is still a journey he enjoys.

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