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More wine drunk in America than in any other country

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 01:25

May 14 - The United States is now the world’s leading consumer of wine, following the decline in consumption by French drinkers. Sharon Reich reports.

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The San Antonio Winery in Los Angeles is a family owned company. Winemaker Anthony Riboli says business is good and he's seeing a shift in American attitudes toward wine. SOUNDBITE: Wine maker Anthony Riboli, saying (English): "We were never a wine country in general ... The German immigrants, the Scandinavian immigrants were all bringing a beer culture way before the Italians came. And so the country has really shifted, where beer is still really popular, but wine is now finding its place." Riboli is onto something. In 2013 the U.S. became the biggest wine market in the world according to the International Vine and Wine organisation. American consumption rose 0.5 percent, while French consumption slid nearly 7 percent. So what gives? We turned to drinkers to find out what's changed. SOUNDBITE: Carla Vasquez, wine consumer, saying (English): "I think more people know more about it and I think they are more open to trying different types of wines." SOUNDBITE: Jerry Everage, wine consumer saying (English): "It's all about what you like, and I think we have kind of embraced that. We don't have to be snobs to drink wine. So we can just be ordinary people and enjoy." U.S. drinkers still have a ways to go however when it comes to consumption per person. Statistics show the average French person still gets through almost 1.2 bottles a week -- that's about six times more than the average American.

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More wine drunk in America than in any other country

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 01:25