Taking A Look At The History Of Wine And Its Continued Importance In The United States
From white wines to red wines to rare wines, wine is an incredibly popular beverage here in the United States, there is certainly no doubt about it. In fact, alcoholic beverages in general are quite popular, culminating in more than $219 billion worth of sales over the course of just one year alone. From wine to beer to hard liquors to ciders, the options of alcoholic beverages is more vast than a great many people realize. There is truly a type of alcoholic beverage out there for just about everyone who chooses to drink.
Wine just happens to be the most popular ones, with wine sales anticipated to rise by more than 10% by the time that we reach the year of 2020, now just over a full year in the future. After all, wine has been perfected over quite the long course of history, dating back as many as 6000 years in history. It was at this point that wine first originated somewhere in the middle east. In the years that have transpired since, of course, wine has become widespread all throughout the entirety of the world, finding its way to Europe, to the United States, and to just about every nation on this globe in some way, shape, or form.
The state of California here in the United States has become particularly known for its production of wine, the Mediterranean climate mimicking many of the perfect conditions for growing grapes to make wine that can also be found in most of the Middle East. In fact, when we look at wine production in the United States alone we find that wine produced in California accounts for more than 85% of wine production throughout the country – up to 90% of it, to be more exact.
But why is wine so popular? In many ways it is simply due to the fact that it comes in many different flavors and varieties. From white wines to red wines to rose wines, there’s a wine out there for everyone – and almost every wine drinker has a preference when it comes to the type of wine that they like to drink. For instance, around 32% of regular wine drinkers in the United States will prefer white wines with even more people preferring reds – up to 38% of the general population of wine drinkers.
And sparkling wine is a great alternative to heavier wines and is often considered to be part of the family of white wines. Sparkling wines can be a great option if you’re not a fan of champagne, perfect for celebrating a festive occasion, such as those that pop up during the winter holiday season. And sparkling wine will also come in a variety of different flavors, from white to red even and to even various types of rose wines, for the person who likes something in the middle.
But for those who are looking for something a little bit richer, a little more dense, white wines are not likely to do the trick. For something much more dry, the typical red wine will be able to do the trick. Of course, red wines run on a spectrum just as white wines do and not all red wines will taste alike, with some tasting much sweeter than others. For some, the sweetness of wine is not something that they seek out, and sipping a nice glass of dry red wine with a sophisticated dinner is a great way that they can complement just about any meal they are given.
Of course, we can’t talk about drinking a glass of wine with dinner without talking about wine pairings. As has been discussed above, white wines and red wines can differ quite dramatically. Therefore, it’s easy to see why different types of wine will be paired with different meals, as not all wine will taste the same with all types of food. In fact, the WRONG type of wine could actually negatively impact your overall experience of a meal. But the right type of wine, many people will quickly agree, can the difference.