Advocacy Group Claims the Vatican is Full of Winos

And I sure hope they’re right.

The Wine Institute, a group that promotes the California wine industry, has released the results of a study* saying the Vatican consumes more wine per-capita than any other country in the world.

The average Vaticanian sucks down 74 liters of wine per person: double that of Italy and France.

Most of this, obviously, is due to sacramental use, but the overall individual wine consumption is believed to be higher because the population is older, male, and eats in community: three factors that increase wine use.

Also, Catholics like our wine, and we’re damn proud of the fact. None of that “Jesus really used grape juice at the last supper” nonsense for us.

I mean really: grape juice?


*Yeah, yeah, I know: Studies Show Most Studies Are BS, especially when they’re from an “advocacy” group looking to grab some ink. Wine consumption, however, is pretty easy to quantify, and we do use the stuff by the barrel.



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    “Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine,
    There’s always laughter and good red wine.
    At least I’ve always found it so.
    Benedicamus Domino!”

    - Hilaire Belloc