One of the largest wine producers in the US has warned that it had seen a fall in its wine sales to restaurants as people cut back on eating out. E&J Gallo Winery, which sells 20% of its products in the US to restaurants, said that it had recorded “a little dip” in this area of its business over the last few weeks. Gina Gallo, the granddaughter of the company’s founder Julio Gallo, told the Financial Times that visitors to big cities such as New York and Los Angeles seemed to be spending less on eating out in order to save money to buy products they could take home with them. Sales to the off-trade, however, were described as remaining “very solid” and Gallo said that the group had even lowered some of its prices or maintained them flat in order to keep sales consistent as the economic slowdown kicked in. The company, which said it planned to stay family-owned, is looking to expand through agreements with more international partners.