Riesling #1 growing major varietal in the US

Once again Riesling is on the top of the charts my friends. Looking over the the 13 weeks Nielsen data, Riesling is showing the fastest growth among all major varietals; Riesling isĀ ahead of Chardonnay, White Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and Sangiovese. Riesling is growing at 8.2% versus last year! Now Riesling is clearly a larger category than Zinfandel (believe it or not) and I would not be surprised if within 6 month Riesling takes over Syrah. Riesling now represents 2.5% of all wine sold in the USA which is about twice what it was 3 years ago. Much deserved growth for a fantastic varietal.