The world of wine, for all its reputation as a fairly hide-bound place, is constantly shifting. Styles, regions, grape varieties—all of these are just as subject to the vagaries of changing tastes and trends as fashion or music.
But that doesn’t mean that what we’ll all be uncorking next year is without rhyme or reason: Trends emerge and evolve with a fair degree of predictability—you just have to know where to look.
In an attempt to have a better understanding of what 2018 might hold in store, I asked a handful of top wine experts for their predictions. Here are their responses.
Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen, “The World Wine Guys” and authors, with Kevin Zraly, of the fantastic new book “Red Wine: The Comprehensive Guide to the 50 Essential Varieties and Styles”—a book that, since I received my copy, has grown dog-eared and wine-stained from regular use—see in an increasingly diverse range of wines, and wine sizes, being enjoyed. “Big bottles are on the rise, especially for entertaining at home or parties in restaurants,” noted DeSimone. “Look out for magnums in wine shops and on wine lists. Wine drinkers are trading up price wise, so we will see an increase in premium wine sales. We also see continued interest in ‘out of the box’ regions and varieties, which is one of the reasons we included so many indigenous grapes in “Red Wine.” Consumers will be able to find more and more formerly obscure varieties like Georgian Saperavi or Turkish Bogazkere, especially on by-the-glass lists.” Jenssen added that they “expect to see an increase in wines from lesser-known but traditional wine regions such as Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria, and Georgia. Look for Teran (red) and Malvasia Itarska (white) from Istria in Croatia, and Bikaver blends (red) and dry Furmint (white) from Hungary. We also see red blends continue on the upward trend, with an influx of value-driven wines from Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur.”
Published on: 29/12/2017