NOTIFICATIONS about wine trends every time the calendar turns into a new year can be exciting – and embarrassing 12 months later.
But as 2022 unfolded, I dropped the crystal ball, and here are the six I saw.
A few more Euros – Consumers begin to trade. Spending a little more will guarantee a better wine. Due to our draconian mandate on wine – €3.19 for a bottle of wine and €6.37 for fireworks – every extra penny spent yields higher quality.
Breakthrough in bag in box – Use your favorite pacifier replacement containers. The production of glass bottles is not sustainable while the quality of wine in eco-friendly cans and boxes has improved significantly. Expect to see plastic and cardboard containers.
Burgundy’s blues – Prices have skyrocketed out of control, but with just a minute’s worth of the 2021 classic available after the Spring frost, the Burgundy red will now be much more expensive. Time to try the excellent Pinots from Australia, New Zealand and Chile.
Back to basics – Winemaking has taken a step back with natural wines and orange wines, produced by long-forgotten methods, becoming increasingly popular. They will never become mainstream but continue to capture fans for their unique taste.
Could this be the year of the Port? It is slightly more expensive than fine wines, but the quality, complexity of flavors and variety of styles make this surprisingly friendly dish a must try. Chilled white port with frozen orange slices is dead for.
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Cava is back! – A shortage of Champagne indicates a sharp increase in prices, so sales of Cremant and Prosecco will increase. Prepare to enjoy – and indulge in – Cava de Paraje Calificado, the new upscale name for the Spanish favorite.
The wines that excite me the most last year came from the islands in the Mediterranean – Sicily and Crete. I cannot recommend them fully.
As any regular reader of this column will know, my great passion for wine is the opportunity to try something new, a grape or a wine from a region for the first time.
So that’s when I sampled Cretan wines with beautiful and strange names – Dafni, Malvasia di Candia, Plyto, Vidiano Liatiko Romeiko Mandilari and Kotsifal.
Many come from the family that owns the Lyrarakis estate and have been revealed. They are available here now. A visit to Crete is now a priority.
Three great Spanish wines are reviewed below for the perfect start to the new year.
Garnacha and Albariño are exciting new products coming to the Irish market. Can’t recommend them highly enough.
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Cuevas de Arom As Ladieras Garnacha (ABV 13.5%)
Around € 32.99 @ good independent company
WIN Fernando Mora’s Garnacha Crusade continues at his Cuevas de Arom project in northeastern Spain.
Working with older vines, he created a wonderfully elegant red.
With aromas of cherries and herbs, the palate is fresh, slightly spicy, with red berries and medium tannins. Must try wine.
Enjoy with: Beef Stroganoff.
Geal Albariño (ABV 13%)
€ 24.95 @ O’Briens Wine
SUMPTUOUS, small production Albariño, the fruit of the work of O’Briens Wine Director Lynne Coyle with Lagar de Costa winery in Galicia, Spain. Round and rich, it elevates the Albariño in several ways.
Dry bones, refreshing taste. Generous white peach aromas and a salty trail.
Enjoy with: Shellfish.
HEAD OF VERDEJO ENDS
Quinta Apolonia Belondrade (ABV 13.5%)
€26 @ good independent company
BELONDRADE, in the Rueda region of Spain, produces the finest Verdejo wine.
Top cuvee, expensive Belondrade y Lurton – but worth it.
Apolonia, their second wine, is also excellent, offering great aromas and a clean, fresh palate, good acidity, stone fruit, pear and herbaceous aromas. Sincere treatment.
Enjoy with: Grilled fish meat.
https://www.thesun.ie/fabulous/8167611/wine-expert-top-trends-2021-spanish/ I’m a wine expert and here are the top six trends I expect to see next year PLUS the top 3 Spanish wines