US wine shipments up 3 percent last year

U.S. wine shipments in the United States were up 3 percent in 2016 compared to the previous year, according to a final analysis by the research firm Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates in San Rafael.

The firm said the almost 400 million cases shipped of both imported and domestic wine maintained the trend over the past decade in which wine has outperformed other alcoholic beverage categories.

The report found that sales of wines priced less than $10 were flat, while those priced higher than $10 were “trending up at rates between high single-digits to low double-digits.”

The firm found that the overall volume of wine in grocery stores increased by 1.2 million cases, but only 100,000 cases of wines under $10. It added that imported bottled table wine increases had slowed. The volume of U.S bottled exports was down in 2016, but its value increased.

Talk scheduled on famous local vineyards

The Friends of the Sonoma County Wine Library will host a discussion on 10 of the most famous vineyards in Napa and Sonoma counties.

The talk will be held at 6:30 p.m. on March 23 at Harvest Moon Winery in Santa Rosa.

Elizabeth Thach, a professor at Sonoma State University, will speak about her book “Call of the Vine: Ten Famous Vineyards in Sonoma and Napa.”

She will be in conversation with wine writer and author Linda Murphy. Tickets are priced at $25 for Wine Library members and $35 for non-members. They can be purchased via Eventbrite at bit.ly/2m4quiT.

Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival set for May 18-21

The 20th annual Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival will be held May 18 to 21. Tickets for the Mendocino County event go on sale March 15.

On the first day, May 18, a casual barbecue will be held at Lula Cellars in Philo with a cost of $75. A technical conference will be held on May 19 at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds. Tickets for that event cost $100.

The grand tasting during the weekend will be held at Goldeneye Winery in Philo. Early-bird tickets are $125 per person.

For information, visit avwines.com/pinot.html#pablo.

Compiled by Bill Swindell. Submit items to bill.swindell@pressdemocrat.com.