Wine and Big Business

Did you know that approximately 50% of the wine sold in America has been produced by just three large companies: E&J Gallo (Gallo, Edna Valley, cast of thousands) Constellation (Robert Mondavi, Ravenswood…), and The Wine Group (Concannon, Cupcake…)?

How do you feel about it? One thing greatly in favor for these huge companies is that each brand is usually very consistent. If you like this vintage, you’ll probably like the next. Or, do you go out of your way to buy small, independent brands?

Correction: I should have said that St. Michelle Wine Estates has over 4% of the market share, not winery ownership.

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