Stu The Wine Guru
WSET Level 2 Certified Sommelier
Traveled the world for wine
Interviewed; celebrities, wine makers, sports legends, top chefs
TV: NBC, CNBC , PBS
Wine Judge: American Fine Wine Competition.
Made in America... Wine
Let's break this down. Americans are the top consumers of wine. We love wine. We have made it a social drink, one for sealing deals at corporate lunches, the drink to celebrate occasions, wine is part of religious ceremonies, etcetera, etcetera.
How Do I Buy Wine?
So you just got into wine, or you are an enthusiast and collector, but how do you buy wine? And where do you buy it? Well, there is the local mom and pop liquor store that may carry a few "brands" of wine. There is the big Wine & Spirits chain that has a myriad of choices, and most likely you will get lost in the aisles, and dizzy trying to decide on a bottle. Well, there is always the trusty internet with its online store that gives you all the information about a wine and it's ratings, and what elementary school the wine maker went to. Of course, you won't be able to hold the bottle in your hand until you purchase it and it's shipped to you. That's no fun.
Wine... What's it All About?
Here is an interesting little factoid about worldwide wine consumption. According to the World Wine Institute, in 2009, France topped the list with 12.40% of the world's consumption. U.S. consumption of the world's wine was a close second with 11.70%, followed by Italy, and China taking the third and fourth spots respectively. The rest of the worlds' wine consuming countries split up the balance.