Britain's great "wine recession" will come to an end this year

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Drinkers rejoice! Britain's great "wine recession" will finally come to an end in 2015.

Britons' wine guzzling habits will edge up 3.3 per cent in the four years to 2018, according to new research by Vinexpo, a wine exhibition and forum, and the International Wine and Spirits Record.

Since 2008, the nation's thirst for wine has suffered something akin to a hangover, with total wine consumption falling by about 10.5 per cent every year.

Despite the good news there's still a long way to go before we return to pre-2008 levels, when an astonishing 1.61bn bottles of wine (135.8m cases) were sloshed.

"We can confidently say that 2015 will show that the UK wine recession is over," said Guillaume Deglise, chief executive of Vinexpo.

"While the UK market shed 9.6m cases between 2008 and 2013, it is now past that point. The UK wine trade is building value and many leading marketers report progress at the premium end," he said.

So which wines will be the the most popular next year?

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