Nine wine trend predictions for 2016

Alcohol levels dip

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In a trend that has been brewing for years, we’ll really see a dip in alcohol levels this year in line with consumer preferences for fresh, approachable, food friendly wines. The biggest changes will be seen in the New World, where producers are reining in over-ripeness.

“We’ll see alcohol levels falling back. If the alcohol is too high you lose the balance in the wine. Wines taste better when they have balance and personality – too much alcohol clouds that,” says BBR wine buyer Mark Pardoe MW. 

3 Responses to “Nine wine trend predictions for 2016”

  1. Forgive me but I don’t find this at all helpful, or enlightening.

    Can anyone tell me what ‘ Natural Wine’ is? It seems to me to be a rather imprecise and therefore useless description. Almost anyone and their dog is saying these days that they use sustainable viticulture and minimum intervention during wine-making, but again, what is ‘minimum intervention’? Is there any benchmark or is it just what the wine maker says?
    As for savvy wine lovers avoiding wines… ‘where the terroir is masked through bad winemaking’ – haven’t these consumers always avoided badly made wines?

    Unless there are some objective criteria for these terms that are increasingly bandied about I fear they will only serve to muddy the waters for the consumers rather than assist them.

  2. David James says:

    Been drinking Cremant de Limoux after visiting the winery some 6 years ago, so glad someone else thinks it is drinkable.

  3. Let’s be honest – these are the wine trends for 2016 as predicted by Berry Bros & Rudd. Who, bless ’em, are not necessarily representative of the wider market. Is the “puncturing” of the prosecco market, or the appeal of lower alcohol drinks, going to happen in Lidl as well as in St James’s?

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