Celebrating one of the last weeks of summer with wine and hot air balloons has become a tradition in some parts of the country. In the midwest, for example, the second weekend in August is a time when some of the largest hot air balloon and wine festivals occur. From local wines to rare wines, many people gather for two to three evenings of balloon glows and a chance to relax with friends and family.
The late setting sun allows for the temperatures to finally cool down and many wineries offer some of their most popular products to guests who are content to spend an entire evening kicking back and relaxing.
Shopping Online for Red Wines and Other Favorites Is Increasingly Popular
Whether you sampled your favorite red and white wines at an outdoor balloon festival or you have only tasted your favorites at a restaurant, there are a growing number of consumers who make the majority of their wine purchases online. And if you do not know the difference between a local sparkling wine and some of the most rare wines, you still may make the decision about what wines you want to order based on online reviews and recommendations.
Consider some of these facts and figures about the wine industry and the impact that it has on the nation’s economy:
- California accounts for as much as 90% of all U.S. wine production.
- 949 million gallons of wine were consumed in the U.S. in the year 2016.
- Wine was first discovered nearly 6000 years ago in the Middle East.
- Red wine is the top choice for 38% of U.S. wine lovers.
- Between now and the year 2020, U.S. wine retail sales are expected to increase by 11%.
- Drinking two glasses of wine day is linked to an 18% drop in a person’s risk of early death, according to the latest research./li>
Whether you are looking for a way to make sure that you have the kind of wine that you want when you want it or you are simply wanting to try new varieties, it is important to make sure that you consider all of the available resources.