It’s always interesting to attempt to predict what’s going to become a hit in the new year, especially when it comes to wine. Working in the industry has taught me to keep an open mind, because you never know what’s going to be a hit! Here are a few wine trends to look out for in the new year, despite my personal opinions on them…
1. Bourbon Barrel Aged Wine
Wine innovation is tricky and winemakers don’t have the same leeway as brewmasters to experiment with their product. So, when I recently heard about Zinfandel wine aged in a bourbon barrel, I was immediately interested.
Fetzer Wines is really thinking outside the box – or barrel – with this one! Zinfandel can stand up the carbonized American oak barrels, making it the perfect wine for this type of experimentation. The wine is soaked in French and American oak barrels before it undergoes ageing in bourbon barrels from different distilleries.
The end result is a subtle whisky and vanilla flavoured wine with notes of black fruit.
2. Sparkling Reds
We all know a good bottle of Champagne holds a special place in my heart (if you need the perfect bottle for New Year’s Eve, see my blog here). But, its lesser-known relative, sparkling red, is said to be on the rise. Why not give it a try for ringing in the new year? If you’d rather just stick to what you know, see our full Champagne selection here.
3. Wine Slushies
I think I may have to pass on this one…
4. Wine in Cans
This trend seems to be sweeping North America and is slowly making its way around the world. Companies such as Fun Wine have sprung up with their catchy millennial-targeted marketing and more well-known companies, such as Big House Wine are also giving cans a try.
5. Fruit Wine
Certain wine producers are now making fortified fruit wines that are much sweeter than your average red or white. You can find this type of wine in the flavours of apple, strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, cranberry and elderberry. While I know none of these would replace the staple wines in my diet, they could work quite well as a dessert wine in the summer.
Which wines trends will you be testing out for yourself in 2017? Comment and let me know!