5. Wine, Wine, Everywhere!
Due to climate change, modern wine-making techniques, and maybe just marketing savvy, wines from an ever-increasing list of geographic regions are making their way into the U.S. market. Britain’s sparkling wine got a lot of attention at the London Olympics this year and a thumbs up from Jancis Robinson. Wines of Brazil reminds us every year of the increasing production and quality of their wines. Even Mexico is in the game with Wines from Baja. And some established regions, such as Chile, are expanding. We dredged up wine recommendations from every state in the union this past summer, even tropical Hawaii. At the 7th Annual StarChefs.com International Chefs Congress, Wines of Georgia made a big splash, both in a presentation by Lisa Granik and by playing a starring role the 3rd Annual Somm Slam. And while our eyes were turned toward Eastern Europe, we are seeing growing interest in wine from Croatia, Turkey, the Republic of Macedonia, the Balkan Peninsula, Poland, Slovenia, and Hungary, to name but a few locales. So add a page to your winelist, or an aisle in your wine boutique, because the wines from these once far-off regions are only getting more accessible, more positively reviewed, and most importantly, more frequently consumed.