File - An exhibitor pours a glass of Chianti from Le Miccine Don Alberto during the Vino 2010 Italian Wine Week event in New York in this February 5, 2010.(REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)
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Americans are drinking more Italian wines than Italians themselves, owing to the popularity of sparkling wines from the southern European country and the tastes of millennials.Italian varieties are the top imported wine in the United States, which is the world's largest consumer market, according to the Italian Wine and Food Institute.Although Italy is the world's largest wine exporter, Italians are drinking less wine as American.By comparison, Americans drank between 5.2 liters and 7.6 liters per person in the 1970s. In 2012, they consumed 10.2 liters of wine, according to the Wine Institute.
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