We have all seen it.
Someone lets a bottle of wine sit on the counter for a few days, they don’t use effective wine preservation techniques, and before they know it, they’re left with a half-bottle of undrinkable wine.
Due to large bottle sizes and the rapid rate of spoiling, there is an enormous amount of wine waste every year. This waste occurs both in the bottle, and in your wallet. In the United States alone, we estimate home consumers pour over $1.27 Billion of wine down the drain, and restaurants pour out another 18+ million bottle equivalents.
Between consumers and off-premise (restaurants), over $1.5 Billion USD is wasted annually.
In this article, we will examine why wine waste exists, how we estimate it, and what you can do to prevent wine waste in the bottle and in your wallet.