Direct Sales by US Wineries Approach $2 Billion

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In 2015, Direct to Consumer (DTC) wine sales continued to grow significantly.  According to the 2016 Direct to Consumer Wine Shipping Report, produced by ShipCompliant in partnership with Wines & Vines, DTC shipment volume was approximately 4.29 million cases, an 8.5% increase over 2014, and sales exceeded $1.97 billion, an 8.1% increase.   This rate of…

Global Warming Impacts French Wine Quality

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A study conducted by NASA and Harvard University, recently published in the journal Nature Climate Change, found that global warming is influencing the timing of grape harvests and wine quality in French wine regions.  Researchers tracked climate data and grape harvest dates in France and Switzerland from 1600 to 2007.  For Bordeaux and Burgundy, they matched…

Italian Wine Fun Facts

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Italy is well known for its rich wine heritage and the broad variety of wines it produces.  Here are some fun facts about Italian wine that might be of interest… • Italy’s winemaking tradition is about 3,000 years old, dating back to the Etruscan civilization in west-central Italy.  Both the Etruscans and Greek settlers spread the winemaking…

Insights on the Female Wine Consumer

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Women are critically important to the wine industry.  In fact, 56% of the wine drinking population is female, according to the Wine Market Council’s 2015 Market Review.  Given the importance of women to the wine market, Jennifer Pagano, Direct of Research for Wine Market Council, and Danelle Kosmal, Vice President of Nielsen’s Beverage Alcohol Practice…

2015 Wine Consumption Trends

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In 2015, U.S. wine consumption grew 2.5% from 2014 levels to an estimated 380 million cases of table and sparkling wine, according to the Wine Market Council.  This equates to each adult of legal drinking age consuming approximately 3.84 gallons of wine.  Two trends are driving this growth − increased consumption by “High Frequency Wine…

Summer Wine Fun Facts

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Here are some fun facts about wines and wine-based drinks that are summertime favorites: The United States is the second largest consumer of rosé wine in the world, second only to France, where rosé outsells white wine. According to Vins de Provence, in 2012, France was responsible for 36% of worldwide rosé consumption and the…

French Wine Fun Facts

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When it comes to wine, France is revered for the variety, quality and quantity of wine it produces.  Here are some fun facts about French wine that might be of interest… • In 2014, France was the #1 producer of wine in the world, according to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV).  The OIV…

2014 US Wine Consumption Trends

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In 2014, the US remained the world’s top wine consumer as table wine consumption grew for the 21st consecutive year, according to the Beverage Information Group. An estimated 302 million cases of table wine were consumed, up 1.2% from the prior year, and each wine-drinking adult drank an average of 3.14 gallons of wine. While…

Early US Wine Fun Facts

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Here are some fun facts about the early days of the US wine industry from noted historian Thomas Pinney’s A History of Wine in America. • It is believed that Spaniards in Santa Elena, South Carolina made the first wine in the continental US around 1568. The oldest continuous tradition of winemaking in the US dates…

The Enduring Legacy of Prohibition

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National Prohibition had a profound impact upon the US wine industry. Not only did it have a major effect on wine producers and consumers during the 13-year period when it was in force, but the consequences linger to this day—81 years after Repeal. To learn more about this seminal event in the history of the…