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WINE TRENDS 2017

ENGLISH SPARKLING WINE: While Brexit may have been the most controversial upheaval in the UK, there was also a wine revolution in full swing. The Brits down south in Sussex and Kent have quietly toiled for decades recreating the craft of Champenoise viticulture and vinification. Like most wine regions of the world, the secret is in the soil, which mirrors the quintessential chalk across the channel. And despite whatever BS our President-elect says, global warming is real and has made these British regions perfect for grape-growing.   British bubbles had their own “Judgment of Paris” moment this spring when Sussex-grown Nyetimber won a French vs. British sparkling wine tasting. Expect this watershed moment to drum up even more interest. The British demand for the wines will certainly grow due to increased tariffs on EU products, and the international market is always looking for a inexpensive facsimile to Champagne. I’d expect to see a real push from distributors and wine shops by marketing these wines as the flavor profile of Champagne at a fraction of the price.  SEKT: Again, everyone is looking for inexpensive bubbles. Sparkling wine is an ever-growing market: it’s an upward trend that isn’t going to end anytime soon. Sekt, a term for Sparkling Riesling, could be the next Prosecco, thanks to the bright citrus quality and clean finish. The best versions of Sekt are dry and can be found in Germany and Austria. Strong importers like Vom Boden and Terry Theise will continue to show the potential of these wines.  SPATBURGUNDER:  When it comes to polar bears and Venice, global warming spells a certain doom. In the world of wine, its effects are less lopsided. Pinot Noir production in Germany has grown significantly over the past decade, and the styles are increasingly marketable to the average consumer. Major importers are recognizing Spatburgunder’s potential with a Pinot-frenzy clientele, and somms that are tired of selling the same old Russian River juice can geek out with a German Pinot placement. But perhaps the biggest turning point in 2017 for Spatburgunder will come from their French counterpart: with the yields in Burgundy plummeting for the next couple vintage releases, people will be hungry for an alternative. 

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When it comes to polar bears and Venice, global warming spells a certain doom. In the world of wine, its effects are less lopsided. Pinot Noir production in Germany has grown significantly over the past decade, and the styles are increasingly marketable to the average consumer. Major importers are recognizing Spatburgunder’s potential with a Pinot-frenzy clientele, and somms that are tired of selling the same old Russian River juice can geek out with a German Pinot placement. But perhaps the biggest turning point in 2017 for Spatburgunder will come from their French counterpart: with the yields in Burgundy plummeting for the next couple vintage releases, people will be hungry for an alternative. w w w. f o o d b e v m a g . c o m | J a n u a r y 2 0 1 7

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