When you have a chance to go out, you enjoy a long evening with friends and family sampling and tasting rare wines. When you travel, you also make sure that at least one of the afternoon or evenings is spent touring a local winery, and then sampling their regional fine red wines. You do not mind the fine white wines, but the reds are obviously your favorite.
This weekend, however, you doubt that any rare wines will be part of the schedule. As you prepare to travel 12 hours south to visit your daughter in college, you have plans to help her celebrate her 21st birthday. And while she has sparking wines of the non alcoholic variety at New Year’s Eve, you are certain that her celebration, first with you and then her friends, will feature any Italian red wines, or any other wines for that matter.
Some Celebrations Call for a Really Great Bottle of Wine
Whether you are toasting a birthday that sends you into a new decade or you are looking for a way to commemorate a get together with college friends, it is always fun to have a great bottle of wine to share. Wine may have been discovered nearly 6000 years ago in the Middle East, but there are many that would argue that the discovery of a new favorite regional wine near your home is just as exciting as that initial discovery across the globe.
Consider some of this information about the the increasing popularity of wines and the impact that wine and liquor sales have on the economy of the nation:
- 949 million gallons of wine were consumed in the U.S. in 2016.
- $219.52 billion is the total alcoholic beverages sales a year in the U.S.
- 90% of all U.S. wine production is accounted for in California.
- 38% of U.S. wine lovers indicate that their top choice is red, making it the top choice.
- 32% of U.S. wine lovers indicate that their top choice is white, making it the second choice.
- By the year 2020, U.S. wine retail sales are expected to increase by 11%.
Whether you are helping celebrate the 21st birthday of your oldest child or you are helping a college friend usher her way into a new decade, you can always find at least one excuse to allow yourself a great glass of wine.