Don't freak out, but the world may be running out of wine

This may be the scariest thing we’ve seen: The world might be running out of wine.

Don’t freak out, but a Morgan Stanley Research report cited in The Atlantic has data to suggest that there may not be adequate supply to meet the world’s wine demand in the coming years. (OK, proceed to freak out!)

According to the report, the world’s total supply of wine barely exceeded the demand for it last year, and if you take into account non-wine uses, like making vermouth, there was actually a shortage of about 300 million cases compared to demand. That’s the biggest discrepancy of its kind in half a century. And the problem is only getting worse as the world’s consumption of wine has increased more or less steadily since the late 1990s.

So who are the culprits guzzling all this wine? Well, it's not us (permission to begin self-righteously pointing the finger).

The U.S., along with China, has been drinking way more vino in recent years. The U.S. alone drinks 12 percent of the world’s wine, and global production hasn’t been able to keep up.

The good news is that weather cooperated this year, and 2013 saw a strong harvest. But according to The Atlantic, "reversing the current trend will require more than a single, strong harvest. The U.S. and China alone are projected to consume over 400 million cases of wine a piece by 2016. Who will supply them?"

We Aussies can't be far behind, surely.

Pardon us while we run to the store to clear the shelves of all the bottles we can find and bury them in our backyard for future use as the wine apocalypse approaches.

If this really is the case, what drop will you be desperately stocking up on?

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