Food & Drink

Wine buys on the increase

According to the Wine Institute, 2014 saw wine shipments in the U.S. increase in volume (4.4 percent to 225 million cases) and value (6.7 percent to $24.6 million). This represents 22 consecutive years of growth for all wine sales in the United States. Since 2010, we have become the largest wine market in the world. With the economy improving and with three excellent vintages, 2012-14, people are buying more expensive wine. Jon Fredrikson, of Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates, reported that 75 percent of sales were value-priced wines (under $10). Premium wine (above $10) sales are just 25 percent but account for almost 50 percent of winery revenues.

Russ Winton: Wine List

You have leftover wine? Really?

I always thought the term “leftover wine” was an oxymoron. Isn’t it? The Navigator, a former English teacher, says no. I say yes. In our home it certainly is. But what if you do have some leftover wine? How do you store it, and how long will it last? This was a question a reader sent in last week.

Russ Winton: Wine List

Wine Line:Amador festival a success

The Amador Four Fires Festival, a new concept wine and food event, welcomed nearly 2,200 attendees at the Amador County Fairgrounds on May 5. The exceptional attendance for a first-time event surprised Deidre Mueller and Craig Palmer, co-producers of the festival.

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