Thanks in part to the holiday demand for wine, 2014 could turn into another record year of wine sales in the U.S.
In 2013, Americans spent more than $36 billion on wine, according to data from The Wine Institute. The U.S. has been leading the world in wine consumption since 2010, when the annual volume of wine consumed domestically surpassed that of the notoriously oenophile France.
"The U.S. is becoming more of a wine-drinking country," said Ray Isle, Food & Wine's executive wine editor in an interview.
"A huge amount of wine in the U.S. is sold in the fourth quarter, and it's because of holiday entertaining," Isle continued. He suggested several options for at-home hosts to have on hand to please a crowd and a budget.