California Wines Net $20 Billion
© Kate Mathis
Americans are drinking more California wine than ever before—nearly 212 million cases in 2011, according to new numbers released by the Wine Institute, a California trade group. The retail value of all that wine was almost $20 billion, a $1.5 billion jump from the year before.
The group attributed some of the growth to Moscato, the grape currently favored by rappers such as Drake, which now accounts for 4 percent of the U.S. wine market.
How to choose a bottle?
In the April issue, F&W's Ray Isle identifies the state's top winemaking trends and recommends more than 25 wines, like the crisp, intense 2010 Husch Vineyards Mendocino Chardonnay ($15) and the tea-scented 2009 Kutch Wines Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($39).