Total wine sales in the U.S. from all production sources--California, other U.S. states and foreign countries--climbed to a new record of 347.0 million cases, a 5.3 percent jump from 2010, with an estimated retail value of $32.5 billion, according to Fredrikson. Of the total, California's 211.9 million cases held a 61 percent share of the U.S. market. This is the 18th consecutive year of volume growth in the U.S.

Sparkling Wine and Champagne

Shipments of sparkling wine and champagne were the highest in the last 25 years, reaching 17.2 million cases, up 13 percent over the previous year. Strong sales came from a variety of different producers and regions worldwide. Prosecco and sparkling Moscato were among the winners, but champagnes, other sparkling wines and California methode champenoise wines also experienced gains.

U.S. Wine Exports Hit Record High

U.S. wine exports, 90 percent from California, reached a new record of $1.39 billion in winery revenues in 2011, an increase of 21.7 percent compared to 2010. Volume shipments were up 5.8 percent to 455.7 million liters or 50.6 million nine-liter cases. Thirty-four percent of U.S. wine exports by value were shipped to the 27-member countries of the European Union, accounting for $478 million of the revenues, up 10% percent from 2010. Other top markets were: Canada, $379 million, up 23 percent; Hong Kong, $163 million, up 39 percent; Japan, $105 million, up 39 percent; and China, $62 million, up 42 percent.