U.S. wine consumption runneth over
Blog: Winemaker's Journal
December 14, 2012
Here's an interesting article complete with lots of graphs and data about U.S. wine consumption. The piece was written by Jeffrey Lamy, a wine consultant and Yale graduate, for enobytes.com.
According to Lamy's research, Los Angeles and New York City areas are far and away the areas where most wine is purchased. That's to be expected as the nation's most populated cities.
But Seattle is one of the nation's fastest growing imbibers of wine. Wine consumption increased nearly 28 percent to 17.6 million gallons between 2005 and 2011, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. I bet you didn't know the bureau tracks how much you drink.
You can bet a lot of that wine was made from Eastern Washington grapes by Eastern Washington wineries.
Seattle is ninth on the list of U.S. metropolitan areas with highest wine consumption, lagging far behind Los Angeles that tops the list with a staggering 71.2 million gallons in 2011, up 12 percent from five years ago.
West Coast cities of San Franscisco and Portland are also high on the list of wine consuming areas.
Nearly every major U.S. city has had double-digit increases in its wine consumption in the past five years.
It all adds up to a lot of wine, and maybe a lot of opportunity for wine entrepreneurs.