Top 10 US wine trends

7. Arguments over politically correct wines still largely bore consumers.

low alcoholWhile wine writers and others in the trade debate such issues as alcohol levels and the quality of organic and “natural” wine production, retailers and sommeliers report most consumers couldn’t care less.

“I have more customers asking for sulphur-free or gluten-free wines,” Falcon says. While some Napa producers have tried to lower the alcohol in their Cabernets, which often exceed 14 and 15%, the issue hasn’t slowed sales. Dennis Cakebread, whose family’s eponymous wine brand continues to be a popular restaurant listing, reports that “2011 was our best year ever for sales”.

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