Looks like we know who to blame for the impending wine shortage, and, surprisingly, it isn't the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. It's those winos in Vatican City! Despite having a population of less than 1,000, the servants of Pope Francis Goodtime have managed to outpace every nation in the world in average wine consumption per person, leaving vino stalwarts like France and Italy with a lot of explaining to do.
According to a report by the Wine Institute, the average Vatican City resident consumes 74L, or about 105 bottles, of wine every year. That's double what the French and Italians chart, and triple the consumption in the UK. A small cut of that tally presumably comes from communion wine, but the European press speculates the rest is due to the VC population consisting largely of older, well-educated dudes. Jury's out on whether the rest of the world will ever catch up, but one thing's for sure: never decline an invitation to a dinner party in Vatican City.
Kristin Hunt is a food/drink staff writer for Thrillist. Before that, she ran a massive Dunk-a-roo cartel out of her college dorm room until the game got too rough. Follow her at @kristin_hunt.