Cheers! US Surpasses France in Wine Consumption for the First Time

 An interesting little tidbit from a mostly business-oriented article in the LA Times. As the economy recovers, Americans are upping their consumption of that timeless source of pleasure and occasionally excess, wine: 

After two years of sluggish wine sales, consumers are starting to reach for — and spend more on — their favorite vintages. And the California wine industry, having survived several vineyard fire sales and a glut of excess inventory, is seeing signs of a post-recession rebound.

...For the first time, the U.S. in 2010 consumed more wine than France . While the French still drink far more wine per capita than Americans, the U.S. — with its much larger population — has more people pouring a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay.

Gawker's Hamilton Nolan makes the apt point however, that considering the two nations' relative populations, this is not exactly a massive feat. 

Here's his humorous take:

US population: 307 million.
French population: 62.6 million.

Yeah, so it's kind of like saying "Me and the four other guys on my basketball finally beat Lebron James, five on one. Therefore we are the world's best basketball players." Come on, drunk Americans. Is this the best you can do?

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at June 1, 2011, 4:55am

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