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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
2016 Wine Trends from Your Experts at Bacchus & Venus
Better Wine = Better Sex and other need-to-know developments in the world of wine from your experts at Bacchus & Venus
no regrets about the year 2015, drinking Rosé or chugging
wine-in-a-can! We've got big plans for 2016 -- count on Bacchus &
Venus to keep you on top of the New Year's biggest wine trends.
Could drinking red wine lead to better sex?
new study out of Harvard University and the University of East Anglia
found that consuming foods and drinks rich in flavonoids, found in red
wine, berries, and tea may lead to a decrease in erectile disfunction.
Flavonoids may also reduce the risk of conditions including diabetes
and cardiovascular disease. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Pinot
Noir contain the highest concentrations of antioxidants and flavonoids.
Try 2013 Damselfly Petite Sirah for just $19/bottle or Eighty-four 2010 Napa Petite Sirah for $78/bottle.
Thrice the Spice is Nice!
Spice consumption nearly tripled over the past half-century.
A few years ago, Sriracha was the unpronounceable hot sauce that you
might find in Chinatown. Now, you can get a Subway chicken sriracha melt
with a side of sriracha potato chips!
suggest eating spicy food more frequently can lower risk of death, and
conditions such as cancer, heart and respiratory diseases.
foods are known to pair with fruity white wines like Viognier, and
Gewürztraminer, but you can also match spice with lighter red wines. Low
to medium tannin wines generally work best. As a rule, look for reds that are fruitier and/or spicy in style and have a good level of acidity. Try 2014 Last Summer Grenache $39/bottle (only 90 cases made) or Parador 2011 Napa Tempranillo $34.
Harissa is the new Sriracha!
analyst Maeve Webster believes the next sauce to experience a
sriracha-like rise is harissa, a spread of dried chiles, garlic,
tomatoes, caraway, paprika, coriander, and olive oil that's as common as ketchup in Tunisia. Try it with Clavo Albarino from Paso Robles $30/bottle.
Flutes are flying the Coupe
Will 2016 mark the death of the Champagne flute? Sommeliers and wine experts are forsaking the flute in favor of glasses that better show off their fizz. While flutes are festive, it's much harder to detect aromas from the tiny opening of a flute glass. Many sommeliers are opting to pour Champagne and sparkling wines into white wine glasses or Burgundy balloons.
Take Unoaked Chardonnay, for example. The wines have fresher, fruitier aromas and rich textures without the harsh overlay of oak.For this reason, stainless steel and egg-shaped concrete tanks are gaining popularity over oak barrels for fermentation and aging. Pellet Sonoma Coast Sunchase Vineyard Unoaked Chardonnay is one of our favorites at $40/bottle or Y. Rousseau Mt. Veeder no-malolactic (read: clean, not cream) with just 20% oak at $42/bottle.
On the other hand, one of our most popular white wines of 2015 was Vogelzang Sauvignon Blanc - aged in oak barrels - not traditional at all! It's proof that a growing number of consumers are breaking out of the box.
And, if the varietal name is a tongue-twister with a few accent marks,
people want to drink it. We've got a following for California-grown
Graciano, Fiano, Malvasia Bianca, Tempranillo, 100% Petite Verdot, to
name a few!
Urban wineries are on the rise
-- wines are being trucked to places like Treasure Island in the middle
of the San Francisco Bay. (Try Bravium Anderson Valley Pinot Noir $45/bottle.) Bluxome Street is in the heart of the city. (We love their Bluxome Street Chardonnay made in SF from grapes grown in the Russian River $37/bottle.) Now, Neighborhood Vineyards is growing a half acre plot of Pinot Noir in a city farm
in the Portola area of San Francisco. No, that's not a castle
overlooking the vineyard, it's subsidized housing. The vines are young
still, so for now, try their lovely Cabernet Franc, soft and elegant at $28/bottle.
Wine in a Can!
Portable, fun, and safer for
poolside, boating, and outdoor concerts like the Sausalito Jazz
Festival. Fiction Central Coast Pinot Gris in an ice cold can at just
$10 -- there's no chance of broken glass and it looks like you're having
an energy drink. We sold hundreds of these last Summer!
call or email if we can help you find more wines to suit your tastes,
your budget or your dinner party. You can reach us by telephone at
(415) 331-2001 or by simply responding to this email.