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American Wines Now More Popular Than Ever

American exported wine earned a record $1.62bn in winery income last year, boosted by significant increases in the China and UK market. This is despite a big drop in shipment quantities.

And despite craft beer trying to muscle in on the alcohol market, U.S. consumers continued to prefer a glass of wine over other alcoholic drinks. In fact, according to the Wine Institute, America is still the largest wine drinking country since 2010.

But at 45.9 million cases, exports of wine last year experienced a drop of 10.5% on 2015, its lowest levels since 2012. However, the strong dollar help to boost producers’ incomes on 2015 by around 1%.

Shipments to the UK and China

Around 90% of American wine comes from California and its exports to the UK, its largest overseas market, increased by 18% by value to $337 million and 5% by volume to more than 13 million cases. The Californian Wine Institute says that these figures show that California remains on track to hit its target of reaching $400 million in UK sales by 2020.

And it was also good news for overseas exports to China for American wine. These experienced a rise of 46.6% by value and 11% by volume.

Strong Dollar

Alongside helping the value of exports to grow, the strengthened dollar has posed a significant challenge for importers and also producers. As the dollar gets closer to being on par with the euro, shipment quantities to Europe have fallen in most countries, particularly in the lower-priced sector. While exports to the EU overall rose by 10.1% to $685 million, the value increase not including the UK, was just 2.7%.

California’s main export markets saw a mixture of fortunes last year, with Japan, Canada, Mexico, Singapore and Switzerland all down in terms of value. However smaller markets, such as Taiwan, the Philippines and Dominican Republic recorded solid gains.

Trade deal Trumped

Certain political decisions have had a potential impact on U.S. exports. For example, Japan showed considerable disappointment at President Trump’s announcement that the U.S. should pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Significant competitors like Australia and Chile and Australia have already established free trade agreements with Japan, and consequently benefit from lower duty tariffs.

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The Benefits of Buying Your Wine Online

How do you buy your wine? Well, research shows that if you were born between 1946 and 1965, it’s likely that you buy your wine online, and certainly more often than younger people.A global online consumer study looked at the shopping preferences and behaviours of around 18,000 people. The study found that over the coming year, 12.6% of people aged 18 to 34 expect to buy their wine online. This compares with 19.2% of consumers aged 35 to 50 and 22.4% of people between 51 and 69 years old.

This growing trend of buying wine online is not really a surprise when you consider all the benefits that come with it.

Big Savings

If you are a passionate wine enthusiast and regularly drink wine, buying in bulk can often earn you considerable savings. While you might think it to be rather indulgent to buy a case of wine, you generally get a discount when you buy larger quantities. Additionally, many online retailers will allow you to buy mixed cases, so you don’t have to necessarily buy 12 bottles of the same wine.

Make New Discoveries

One of the thrills of looking online for wine is the chance to escape the faceless giants on the high street. They tend to always have the same selection on offer, whereas online you can look around and make new exciting discoveries.

Even if you don’t want to venture to far away from what you know and like, you can still discover a world beyond Chardonnay. At The Fine Wine Company, we always look for the best styles and qualities of wine from each region of the world on your behalf. Over time we have nurtured relationships with some of the smaller wine producers that are often overlooked by the larger retailers. But despite being small, these producers offer some new and exciting wines for you to discover.

Buy Wine at Any Time And Get It Fast

Buying wine online is now so quick and easy. With just a few clicks or a few taps, you can buy your wine at any time of day, from wherever you are. Furthermore, you can avoid carrying it home too and look forward to getting it delivered straight to your home. But you also don’t have to wait long before you can open a bottle, as you can often get our wines the same or next day. This makes it so easy to stock up with your favourites, or if you want to get a special selection delivered for the weekend.

Get wine information from Experts (and avoid the hard sell)

At The Fine Wine Company we are passionate about what we offer our customers, we want you to enjoy your purchases and come back for more. When you are browsing the selection of wines on the website you will find descriptions of each wine, along with customer reviews. There’s no hard sell either. You can find out everything you need to know about the wine, to help you make the right choice.