American wine sales bottomed out at 449 gallons in 1993. Since then, we’ve drank more wine than the previous year, every year. Of course we’ve added a lot of people since 1993. And that’s what the chart below shows — per capita wine consumption, per state, since 1994. These numbers are actually misleadingly low, as they use the entire state population, instead of the drinking age population…There’s an interesting pattern that you can see at play in the animation. Up here in the Northeast we’ve always been liberal with our wine drinking (and by Northeast we include Florida, our warm weather colony). The same goes for the wine producing states on the West Coast. What we find interesting is that the long, steady increase in American wine consumption isn’t a story of the same-old-people just drinking more wine. Rather it’s more people in more states drinking more wine.
It’s a good thing too, considering that we have over 9,000 wineries in the United States and those wineries outnumber U.S. breweries by a ratio of 3:1.
So drink up, Shriners!