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America's wine boom: By the numbers
For the first time, the U.S. is gulping down more wine annually than France. A numerical guide to America's vino victory
 
Vineyard workers in Napa Valley, Calif., pick grapes during harvest season: California accounts for 61 percent of the booming U.S. wine market, by volume.
Vineyard workers in Napa Valley, Calif., pick grapes during harvest season: California accounts for 61 percent of the booming U.S. wine market, by volume.
Robert Galbraith/Reuters/Corbis

The Great Millennial Recession was at least as hard on America's wine growers, makers, and sellers as on other businesses. But after two years of flattish sales, the wine industry seems to have regained its balance and momentum. Last year, Americans once again started drinking more vino, consuming more expensive vintages. For the first time, America out-drank France collectively (if not per capita) and U.S. wine exports fared even better. Here, a look at America's wine rebound, by the numbers:

7
Percentage rise in U.S. domestic wine sales from 2009 to 2010

17
Years of unbroken growth in U.S. wine consumption

$30 billion
Retail value of all the wine consumed in the U.S. last year

$18.5 billion
California's share of those sales

61
California's percentage share of the U.S. wine market, by volume

25.6
Percentage jump in U.S. wine exports last year, to a record $1.14 billion in revenue

90
California's percentage share of U.S. wine exports

38
Percentage share of U.S. wine exports headed to the European Union

$435 million
Revenue from the 27.6 million cases of U.S. wine shipped to the EU in 2010

$308 million
Revenue from U.S. wine shipped to Canada

$116 million
Revenue from U.S. wine shipped to Hong Kong

329.7 million
Cases of wine consumed in the U.S. in 2010

320.6 million
Cases of wine consumed in France in 2010

307 million
U.S. population

62.6 million
French population

2.6 gallons
Amount of wine Americans drink each year, per person

12.2 gallons
Amount of wine the French drink each year, per person

1.9
Projected percentage rise in U.S. wine and other alcohol sales at restaurants and bars in 2011

180+
Members of the House and Senate in the Congressional Wine Caucus

Sources: Los Angeles Times, Gawker, Washington Post, Wine Institute, USA Today

 

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