With an increasingly diverse selection of wine on the market, 2020 is the perfect time to expand your palette. Red wine is currently the most popular drink amongst American adults (69%) with Merlot (19%), cabernet sauvignon (18%), pinot noir (12%), and Zinfandel being the most popular reds, a new YouGov poll reveals. But there’s so much more to wine than red or white.
Australian, sustainable, and orange wine are some of the latest wine trends to discover in 2020. Read on to learn more about these emerging wine trends:
Australia offers a diverse and delicious selection of wine to suit every taste. For example, Australian Shiraz red wine offers notes of ripe red berries, cloves, licorice, chocolate and tobacco. It’s a full-bodied, dry wine, but sweetness is still provided by the berries.
Penfolds Grange, Henschke’s Hill of Grace, The Laird from Torbreck, and Chris Ringland’s Dry Grown Shiraz are considered some of Australia’s best Shiraz wines available. Or, if you prefer a light- to medium-bodied wine, try Australian Grenache. It’s a delicate wine with fruity aromas like pomegranate, wild strawberries, violets and red fruit.
With climate change awareness on the rise, sustainable wine is becoming a necessary trend. Sustainable wine generally refers to the implementation of practices which mitigate and reduce waste during the wine making process. There are an increasing number of sustainable wines on the market.
In particular, Andre Ostertag is one of Alsace’s most famous sustainable winemakers. His 2007 Riesling Fronholz has notes of pineapple, ginger, lemon, sage, oregano and seawater, and is guaranteed to invigorate the palette. Alternately, Ostertag’s 2007 Sylvaner Vieilles Vignes offers citrus and floral aromas, including cherries, fresh lime, honeydew melon and perfume.
Orange wine is a trendy new alternative to red wine — it’s made from white grapes, which are left to ferment with the skins on after they’re pressed, which gives the wine its unique orange color.
Orange wine tastes similar to red wine, and typically contains flavors of mild stone fruit and strong tea. In particular, Clot de l’Origine’s “l’Original” is the perfect wine for spring, with notes of thyme, orange rind, candied ginger and white lilies. It has a juicy flavor thanks to layers of apple and cantaloupe, and also offers dryness with fresh lemon zest.
The world of wine is vast and varied. Make sure you try these latest wine trends in 2020 and expand your palate.