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...

Kentish Express Ashford & District - What's On - - FOOD & DRINK -

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

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