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Consumers spent $41.4 billion on wine at U.S. retail outlets last year, an increase of almost 3 percent from the previous year. Photo: Alvin Jornada

Wine shipments increased 1.3 percent in the United States last year, continuing a more than 20-year expansion for the sector even as it undergoes tremendous changes in the way wine is distributed and sold.

Pennsylvania ranked 11th in terms of value, edged out of the top ten by Georgia, where consumers spent more per bottle on average.

Wineries around the country shipped $57 million worth of wine directly to Pennsylvania consumers last year, the first full year of large-scale, and legal, direct wine shipping in the state, according to a new report from Sovos and Wines & Vines.

Australia has complained about Canadian restrictions on wine sales. Photo: Getty Images

Australia has filed a trade complaint that accuses Canada of placing "discriminatory" rules on the sales of imported wine.

The formal objection, lodged with the World Trade Organization (WTO), follows a similar complaint made by the US last year.

Vinyards in British Columbia, Canada. Photo: Karsten Würth (@inf1783) on Unsplash

Australia has formally lodged a complaint against restrictions some Canadian provinces have placed on the sale of imported wine in grocery stores, in what has been described, somewhat dramatically, as a 'wine war'.

Bjoern Lanwer, owner of the Alabama-based BevDeals.

After state regulators, probably wine retailer complaints are aimed at distributors the most, especially when it comes to discount deals. For various reasons, some deals don't readily appear in distributor price sheets and those that do sometimes don’t make it into the hands of all customers, like small restaurants and mom and pop retailers.