Until the last year or so, the USA has been a market eager to embrace all wines, particularly wines of international reputation, and price has rarely been the chief obstacle to sales. But the numbers are clear that change is coming. Those halcyon days are done and, following on the Great Recession of 2008, a new consumer mindset has become ascendant; many of them are much more price conscious.
Who would want to contradict the author and Pulitzer prize winner Dave Barry, who rightly remarked: "Without a doubt, beer is mankind's greatest invention. Well, I admit the wheel was not a bad idea either, but it does not go quite as well with a pizza as a beer does." However - over the past decades this favourite beverage was put on the siding. Beer styles disappeared, and diversity in gastronomy existed at most in Bavaria, especially in Franconia.
Also the gastronomy and the beverage industry are dealing more and more with the associated phenomena. In the area of wine and winemaking, a number of related considerations have played an important role for quite some time now. Be it in the use of fertilising methods and pest control or in the discussion regarding raw materials and environmental compatibility of bottle closures - from cork to plastic, from metal right up to glass plugs.
Greece’s drinking culture continues to evolve, reflecting trends for healthier and more responsible lifestyles. More consumers are moving from consuming neat spirits to cocktails and lower-ABV drinks, overall drinking less, a fact that allows them to trade up to premium-and-above brands or imported categories more often.
#chenincheninchenin is the battle cry of a global army of sommeliers fighting to make the Chenin Blanc grape great again and at its head stands a modern Jeanne D’Arc by the name of Pascaline Lepeltier. Like the grape she’s a native of the Loire Valley in France, but this movement is based in New York City where Lepeltier was the sommelier of Rouge Tomate restaurant for almost a decade before moving to Racines in Tribeca early this year.
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One of the first things any student of wine learns is the classic climate types: Maritime, Mediterranean and Continental. The underlying conceit is that these three profiles encompass the entire range of optimal conditions for grape cultivation worldwide. A new generation of high-altitude vineyards — many available for tasting at ProWein 2019 — is challenging these assumptions. From the Rieslings on the mountains of Colorado (1975m) to Muscat on the Tibet Plateau (3563m), the Mountain climate is ready for the limelight.
Apéro, aperitif, aperitivo, pre-dinner drink. Many languages today have their respective expression for what the ancient Romans already knew. In Latin, "aperitif" means "to open". And thus the modern aperitif today is able to enjoyably prepare the stomach for an upcoming meal and at the same time stimulate the palate. However, also apart from the meal times, a new way of enjoying sophisticated drinks can be observed before sunset, relaxed day drinking.
Argentina: the new stage of revolution and sense of place Argentina is a very special individual country. The country has a very strong wine culture, although 99.99% of the wine consumed is national. The habit of drinking local wines, the high taxes on imports and the high value of the dollar in relation to the Argentinean peso make the supply of international wines very small in Argentina.
With a collective push for quality rather than quantity in South Africa, and a revived appreciation for wines made from old vines, we see a definite need for producers to adopt more natural winemaking techniques, be they organic, bio-dynamic or natural. This doesn't necessarily mean registering with any such certification, but rather adopting the philosophy of wines that come from a specific place. New consumers are increasingly aware and sensitive to this.
Wine in Chile, as is the case across the American continent, was brought by Spanish colonisers and spread across the territory thanks to the insistence on converting people to Catholicism. Also considered fuel for armies, at the beginning of the American continent's history, wine became a vital element for anyone who considered themself to be educated.
Wine consumption is increasing every year, but is still not over the 5 litre per capita. There is a high consumption of domestic Serbian wines, still dominant over the imported wines, about 60% + of the market. When it comes to imported wines, Italy is on first place (especially Prosecco) followed by French wines and wines from the New World.
The development of the Cypriot wine in the last 10 years not only brought a huge increase in consumption of local Cypriot wine, but it also increased the interest of the guests to search more for wine. The different wine education centers are helping Cypriots in building a better understanding of the wine industry resulting in more sales.
We Belgians love to try new things. At the moment there is a big Vermouth scene going on and the Gin-hype still goes on too. Concerning wine, we are really into sparkling wines at the moment and by preference the traditional method.