With holidays just around the corner, 2015 could be another record breaker for U.S. wine sales.
Recently, the U.S. is the largest wine consuming nation in the world, overtaking France in 2010. An estimated $37.6 billion worth of wine was shipped within the U.S. last year, according to the Wine Institute. That number has been growing every year for more than two decades.
Interestingly, the dollars flowing to wine makes have outpaced the volumes sold. Nielsen reported that while volume grew by only 1 percent from 2013 to 2014, revenue increased by 4 percent. This means Americans are buying more expensive wines.
So for something a little special for the holidays, Food and Wine Magazine’s Executive Wine Editor Ray Isles shared his best bets with CNBC. Whether you are in search of a party wine, a hostess gift or a nice bottle to add to the dinner table, Isles offered up the following suggestions.
For a wine that goes with everything, Isle suggests drinking a Rosé. He notes most people think of Rosé only in the summer, but he says it’s a great choice for the holidays because it goes with almost everything.
“Dry rosé is a fantastic Thanksgiving wine,” says Isle. “It’s great because it has some of the white wine characteristics some of the red wine characteristics, and it goes great with turkey and richer things like stuffing.”