By Robert Farmer With
304 million cases consumed in 2007, the United States is now ahead of Italy in
per-capita wine drinking. And, more telling, we are behind only the French.
Among the many factors contributing to this welcome trend are the same factors
that play into my resolution: increasing evidence that (red) wine is actually
good for you; and the availability of better wines in more places throughout
the country. Of course, more people are coming of wine-drinking-age now, which
does not include me, but we won’t get into that. But, like me, more
Americans are interested in getting quality for a good price. And, we’re
more aware of what quality in a wine actually tastes like. As tastes become
more sophisticated, wine producers work harder to reach those tastes and to
market to pocketbooks. So as more US producers get into the mix along with
better bottles from places like Australia, South Africa, and Argentina, we the
wine-lovers of the world stand to benefit. As I continue on this resolute
journey, I will happily share my finds with you. By all means return the favor
if you like!