Wine: Old timer is a new favourite

The Rhône Valley has historically been the whipping boy of French wine, but its inventive new vintages have transformed its image, writes Thomás Clancy.

23rd June, 2012
The Rhône Valley: the last two years have seen a reversal in the region's fortunes, with cheap, smart and hip wines bursting from every corner. Photo: Getty

So used to being a world leader in so many fields, the US is also becoming the most important wine market in the world.

Last year, it topped France and Italy to become the world's number one consumer by volume, with 311.3 million nine-litre cases (3.7 billion wine bottles) sold.

This sounds like a large figure until you consider the per capita consumption of ten litres per person per year, compared with Italy (297 million cases and...

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