The United States is now the largest wine consuming nation in the world. It is not lost on me that when I began this site, on December 29th, 2011, we were not the largest wine consuming nation in the world. A mere nineteen days later, on January 17th, this article was published. I expected this site to make a difference, to change the way people look at food and enjoy wine. But this is beyond even my wildest expectations. I would like to thank my wife, my son, and the rest of my family. Without them, this would never have been possible.
Most importantly I want to thank you, the American consumer. Had you not heeded my words, we might still be in the mix with nations like France, Italy, Germany, and Spain, that don’t appreciate wine the way we do. We begin a new day with a new mission: to infect the rest of the world with our passion for wine so that on some far off evening, a Frenchman might follow his escargot with a refreshing sip of white zinfandel or that an Italian immigrant, who isn’t one at that moment because he’s at home, washes down his marinated artichokes with a buttery, oaky chardonnay.
So take a minute America, and revel in your ascendance, but do not be smug. Our job is not to alienate, but to educate.