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America is drinking more wine than ever

For the first time ever in 2010, wine lovers in the United States sipped more of the grape than any other nation — including France.

BY FRED TASKER
FTASKER@MIAMIHERALD.COM

Aren’t we getting sophisticated? The United States last year, despite wars, government deficits and a punky economy, overtook France to become the world’s biggest consumer of wine.

We drank 330 million 12-bottle cases in 2010 compared to 321 million for the French, according to California-based industry consultants Gomberg, Fredrikson & Assoc.

We’re not ahead per-capita, of course. The average French aficionado drinks five bottles a year to every one downed by an American. But we’re going up – at least 1 percent a year for the past 17 straight years. And they’re going down – by 14 percent since 2006.

Full Article at Miami Herald

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