Top 10 US wine trends

6. The impact of the recession has been greater on restaurants than on retail, but on-trade sales are recovering.

Bouley - Dining Room photo credit Nicole Bartelme

New York’s Restaurant Bouley. Photo credit: Nicole Bartelme

“As the economy has improved and unemployment declines, we see lots of evidence the restaurant consumer is coming back,” Cakebread says. “New restaurants are opening and the standbys are doing as well as ever.”

Plus a study by the Stonebridge Research Group reports in its key findings that the “sweet spot in on-premise is increasing to $65-85 [per bottle], with more movement above $100.”

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