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Wine Bars Fad January 2, 2008

Posted by tkcollier in Economy & Business, Food, Lifestyle.
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Juliet Eilperin – Pouring In – washingtonpost.com
  The small-plates trend in restaurants has created an atmosphere more conducive to wine bars. Cyril Frechier, Northwest U.S. sales representative for the D.C.-based wine importer Robert Kacher Selections, said restaurant patrons increasingly are seeking out drinks that complement tapas and other small portions.

j0175561.jpgA number of factors account for wine bars’ growing popularity. Wine consumption has risen steadily in the United States over the past 15 years as wine production has expanded beyond Europe to Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa and other countries, increasing the range of wine offerings while lowering the price. Americans drank an average of nearly 2.4 gallons of wine in 2006 compared with 1.85 gallons in 1991, according to the Wine Institute, a California-based trade association. Every state in the country now boasts at least one wine producer, providing American consumers more domestic choices as well. And while it’s hard to calculate the impact of the Oscar-winning 2004 movie “Sideways,” the indie film clearly encouraged American wine drinkers to think beyond chardonnay and merlot.

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