FOUR OF THE BIGGEST DRINKS TRENDS FOR 2019
Trends play a key role in drinks menus. Remember when prosecco sold out and you could only buy three gins? Here’s what looks set to shape our drinking in 2019...
1. Australia is outshining France in the chardonnay stakes
At the International Wine Challenge (IWC) almost 30% of all gold medals going to chardonnay wines. Try this (one of the highest scoring wines): Mcguigan Shortlist Chardonnay, Australia, currently reduced to £13 from £15, Sainsbury’s
2. English sparkling wines are in, prosecco is out
Could the prosecco bubble have finally burst? We’re starting to look elsewhere to satisfy our unquenchable thirst for fizz and whole host of English and French sparkling wines were among the recent IWSC winners.
Try this top scoring tipple: Raimes Classic Brut 2014, Hampshire, £30, Raimes.co.uk.
3. South Africa is leading the way
South African winemakers are producing an abundance of worldclass wines, despite grappling with a three-year long drought.
Why not try this one? Huguenot Chenin Blanc 2018, Western Cape, South Africa, £9.99, Laithwaites.co.uk
4. Gin goes global
2018 began with a record 315 homegrown gin distilleries, a rise of 127% in five years. In the last 12 months, Majestic have launched gins from Provence, Finland and Pennsylvania. The trend for local vs international is expected to continue, with the gin-craze diversifying, rather than slowing.Try this: 44N, Grasse, France, approx £66 (50cl), Comte de Grasse