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Check Out Line: Clink, clink! Wine consumption to rise

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wine1Check out all the wine drinking going on.

Two-thirds (67 percent) of Americans surveyed said they partake in wine on holidays and special occasions while at home, while another 58 percent drink wine at home with dinner on an ordinary night, according to consumer trend tracker Mintel.

The wine market has grown 20 percent from 2004 through 2009 despite the recession, but at the peak of the slowdown in 2008 it declined 3.2 percent, Mintel said. With consumers slowly feeling better about the economy, the firm expects the wine market to increase by 2.1 percent this year.

“The future of the wine market looks bright, at least for moderately priced segments,” Mintel senior food and drink analyst Sarah Theodore said in a statement. “Value wines have helped consumers rethink their perceptions about wine.”

And how does wine stack up vs beer?

Mintel said so far this year nearly half (47 percent) of survey respondents say they drink beer compared to 35 percent who drink imported and domestic wines. Champagne and sparkling wines are next at 17 percent, followed by port, sherry and dessert wines at 7 percent.

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