Russ Winton: Wine List

Russ Winton: Wine List

Wine Line: Bargains in tasting

I’m back. You probably noticed I wasn’t on this page last week. Wine Line appears on the second and fourth Wednesday. If there’s an extra Wednesday in the month, it gives me more time to finish my homework, which is, you guessed it, tasting wine.

Russ Winton: Wine List

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. 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.

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