Top 10 defining drinks trends of this century so far

10. Eccentric niche to professional branded business: English fizz

You may be thinking that, as a publication headquartered in London, we would pick our nation’s wine industry as one of the biggest developments of this century. But we’ve spent far more time trawling the great wine regions of the world than we have our domestic vineyards – even though some of the best terroir for traditional method sparkling wines is about 50 minutes from our office by train. With that in mind, if I were to pick something that has, in this century alone, changed dramatically from amateur, eccentric niche to professional and quality-oriented, then it would the English wine industry, newly branded as Wine GB, and on a high from its best vintage ever. I don’t think there’s been such a marked turnaround anywhere else in the world, and famous names have been drawn into it, whether they be big business players (Eric Heerema of Nyetimber) to wine personalities (Steven Spurrier of Bride Valley). It was the wines of Hambledon that featured at last year’s Masters of Wine Symposium in the seminar on ‘emerging modern classics’.

But the best is yet to come, even though English fizz is already on the international radar, something I would not have forecast in July 2002, when we launched our first issue of db.

It should be added that the whole British drinks scene is becoming a global phenomenon. While Scotch is a historic international force, the UK craft gin business is beginning to go global, kickstarting a renewed appreciation of this distinctly British spirit. We’d also like to think we’ve played our role in the development of UK-made drinks, disseminating the developments to our global readership on- and offline, and breaking stories that went viral, while also identifying the best in English fizz and British spirits in our blind tasting competition series, the Global Masters.

Toast: Wiston Estate, Cuvée 2009, South Downs, Sussex, UK (Medal-winner, Global Sparkling Wine Masters 2018)

One Response to “Top 10 defining drinks trends of this century so far”

  1. Greg Fischer says:

    With green drinks in mind – The most sustainable wine on Earth is Mead. Craft Mead has developed not to be that off tasting syrupy overly sweet wine. With the different varietals of honey we are seeing craft meadmakers make fine mead both dry and sweet. Our Meadery Wild Blossom in Chicago produces the most locally wine made in the city.

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