I found a great article in Bloomberg, written by Elin McCoy, that discusses some 2019 trends. As we quickly hit the halfway point of the year, I thought I would share a few.

Be on the lookout for old new hybrids of grapes. Some countries are resurrecting old, abandoned vineyards and embracing forgotten varieties. Chili is currently working to rescue ancient vineyards planted by Spanish explorers centuries ago.

The article states that unfamiliar native and hybrid grapes, such as pais, Marquette, petite arvine, and zibibbo are in our futures. Be on the lookout.

Did not see this one coming… With the legalization of cannabis, the newest trend is cannabis infused wines. According to Canaccord Genuity, LLC, a Canadian investment bank, marijuana-infused beverages could become a $600 million market in the U.S. in the next four years.

Rebel Coast Cannabis Infused Sauvignon Blanc is one of the first to be produced in Sonoma. Legally, to quote the author Elin McCoy, you can’t mix alcohol and THC, so the alcohol has been removed. As a result, a glass of this wine has only 35 calories and is sold only through licensed California THC dispensaries.

I’ve written about this several times, as we are now seeing the impacts of climate change truly come to life before our eyes, cool regions aren’t that cool anymore.

Wineries are having to move, basically heading for more northern, geographic areas. Wines from Idaho, Minnesota, upper New York, and even Quebec are going to become the norm more and more.

Another subject I’ve written of in past predictions is also coming to fruition, vegan is in. This is particularly strong with young wine drinkers (representing the largest growing wine market globally right now). It shows no stopping nor slowing down.

Instead of using agents from milk, egg, or animal/fish proteins, to remove heavy tannins, winemakers now are using clay or charcoalbased alternatives.

Young people are driving these changes. I find it exciting!

Sake is hot right now. No kidding… They are beginning to show up at wine tastings conducted by some of the most well-known sommeliers. Glassmaker Riedel even recently introduced a new Junmai glass designed for this category of very complex sakes. I’m not sure how I feel about that one, but anything that supports our industry must require that I keep an open mind.

Happy Wining All!