For more than two decades, people have been slinging back wine at a faster clip, according to data from the Wine Institute / Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates. Since 1991, total U.S. wine consumption has jumped from 466 million gallons to 856 million in 2012.
The sharp jump coincides with the coming of age of the baby boomers, who have both the highest net worth and income of any generation, as well as increased knowledge of the health benefits from the vine.
—By CNBC's Katie Little. Follow her on Twitter @KatieLittle