New Jerseyans consume about .57 gallons of wine per year, and that’s probably rising. That’s because wine consumption is on the rise. Americans now consume 10% more wine now than even two years ago, per Wise Voter. A 2021 Gallup survey found that 31% of Americans from 18 – 34 drink wine. Since the legal drinking age in the United State of America is 21, we are assuming the polling site did not question how underage drinkers were in possession of obtaining alcohol. Nonetheless, wine makes up the third popular alcoholic beverage of choice. Hard liquor (i.e. rum, gin, tequila, whisky, bourbon, vodka) came in second with 27%, and beer came in first at 39% of drinks. Nonalcoholic drinkers are 40% in that age group.
According to data gathered about Wise Voter, Sauvignon blanc is New Jersey’s favorite wine. Following Sauvignon blanc is Cabernet Sauvignon, Rosé, Pinot noir, and Pinor gris. Sauvignon blanc came out on top as it was the highest ranked varietal amongst 16 states across the nation. Cabernet Sauvignon was ranked at No. 1 in 10 states following Pinot Noir as one of the favorites as it ranked lead the list in eight states.
Selections were made from these popular wine varietals: Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Pinot gris, White Zinfandel, Malbec, Rosé, Merlot, Pinot noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Sauvignon blanc is a white wine made from green grapes primarily found in the Bordeaux and the Loire Valley in France. Reds Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot also derive from the same region. Per VinePair, Sauvignon blanc “is known as a refreshing dry wine that has a great minerality, aromas and tastes of herbs and grasses and a nice crisp pucker.” The wine is also known to have an acidic taste with notes of grapefruit, lemon, lime, melon, gooseberries, and green apples according to Drink & Pair. Since Sauvignon blanc is sometimes known to have a “grassy” or crisp taste, the wine is best paired with chicken, fish, shellfish, pork, and veggies such as asparagus, spinach, and ceasar salad.
As always, drink responsibly.
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