Sommelier Roundtable: Your Wine Predictions for 2019
New Year, new wine trends! We asked 9 wine pros what regions, styles and philosophies will reign in 2019—and what fads they hope will die
When 2018 kicked off, we asked in-the-know wine pros what to expect for the year: more bubbles, more New Zealand, more Napa and, they hoped, better “natural” wine. The past 12 months have borne out many of their prognostications—but thrown some curveballs as well.
What’s in store for 2019? Or rather, what should wine drinkers be paying attention to? We asked these nine sommeliers from Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners to peer into their crystal ball–ware and tell us what they foresee—but they also wanted to tell us what they’d like to expel into the spit bucket of wine-fad history.
Wine Spectator: What’s the biggest wine trend you predict for 2019? Or what would you most like to see (or see disappear)?
I think the Iberian Peninsula is ready to blow up. More fuller-bodied wines are now being sought out, and the two countries there, Spain and Portugal, produce some of the world’s finest—and they produce them very differently, for that matter. While Spain is capitalizing on international varietals being delivered with ridiculous value, Portugal is staying true to its native varieties. Either way, both countries are making incredibly valued full-bodied wines that are great alternatives to similar New World renditions.
Tchotchkes [I’d like to see disappear]. I’d be happy if I never saw an engraved reverse-aerating decanter that connects to your Alexa. Wine inside the bottle is awesome on its own!