Calling all wine lovers! As we explore the trends of 2024 (anyone else skeptical of the low-rise jeans and maxi skirts comeback?!), we can’t forget about wine! If you find yourself always grabbing the same bottle and looking to explore your wine options this year, then you’re in the right place.
Whether you’re a seasoned sommelier or a curious wine novice, come along and discover the wines that excite us for the year ahead!
In a world where conscious choices and healthy lifestyles are gaining momentum, a remarkable trend has captured the attention of wine enthusiasts and nondrinkers alike: the rise of non-alcoholic wine options. Gone are the days when choosing not to imbibe meant sacrificing the elegance and sophistication often associated with wine. Today, a plethora of alcohol-free alternatives offer an enticing and innovative way to enjoy the indulgence of wine without the buzz. As more people seek balance, wellness, and mindful consumption, we find ourselves at the intersection of taste and health, witnessing a revolution in non-alcoholic libations.
French Bloom, Le Blanc is a sophisticated non-alcoholic sparkling wine that offers the experience of champagne without the alcohol. Made in France, it features a delicate fizz and a taste reminiscent of traditional champagne, making it an excellent choice for special occasions. This non-alc sparkling is certified organic, halal, and vegan and is free from sulphites and preservatives. With a 2023 World Sparkling Award and a World’s Best Non-Alcoholic Sparkling mention, French Bloom is the perfect way to start fresh in 2024!
Local Winemaking / Vineyards
In the land of vast landscapes and diverse terroirs, a hidden treasure awaits wine enthusiasts seeking unique and indigenous flavours. Often celebrated for its natural beauty and multiculturalism, Canada is also home to a vibrant and thriving wine scene. From the lush vineyards of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley to the majestic wineries dotting Ontario’s Niagara Peninsula, Canada’s local wines boast an unmistakable character that delights the palate and showcases the essence of the country’s terroir. From classic varietals to innovative blends, we see consumers paying homage to the rich heritage and exceptional flavours that make drinking local wines in Canada an experience like no other.
Two Sisters Vineyards, Eleventh Post is a remarkable red blend, with 48% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc, and 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, creating a luscious, medium-bodied wine with layers of ripe dark fruits and black cherry flavours. Two Sisters Vineyards has been recognized with the prestigious “Best Small Winery in Canada” award by the National Wine Awards. Eleventh Post won the 2023 Double Gold Award at the All Canadian Wine Championships and scored 95 points by Carolyn Evans Hammond.
White Wines from Unique Regions and Grapes
With the growing demand for lighter, fresher and more vibrant styles of wine, crisp and aromatic whites with unique regions and varietals are set to take center stage. Expect to see an increase in the production and consumption of lesser-known grape varieties as adventurous wine enthusiasts seek out new and unique flavour profiles. From the resurgence of ancient grape varieties to the rise of sustainable and organic white wines, the emphasis on authenticity, terroir-driven expressions, and minimal intervention winemaking techniques will continue to shape the white wine trends in 2024.
A&D Quinta de Santa Teresa Avesso Vinho Verde Organic 2020 is a wine from Portugal’s Vinho Verde region. Its name, which translates to “green wine,” refers not to the colour of the wine but to its youthfulness and freshness. Vinho Verde is known for its light, crisp, and slightly effervescent characteristics, making it a flavorful and refreshing choice. It’s made primarily from local grapes varieties and pairs well with seafood, salads, and light appetizers.
With each delicate bubble dancing on your palate, sparkling wine has an enchanting way of adding an extra layer of joy and celebration to any occasion. And in recent years, the world of bubbly libations has experienced an exhilarating surge in popularity. Not limited to just champagne, a plethora of sparkling wine options from regions around the globe have emerged, offering a diverse and exciting range of choices. Whether it’s the crisp Proseccos of Italy, the lively Cavas of Spain, or even the innovative sparkling rosés and sparkling reds, there’s now a sparkling wine for every taste and preference.
Gran Barón Brut Reserva Cava is a sparkling wine that embodies the essence of Spanish craftsmanship and the celebrated tradition of Cava production. Made in the Penedès region of Catalonia, this exquisite bubbly is crafted using the traditional méthode champenoise, a meticulous process that imparts an unrivalled finesse and complexity—resulting in a crisp, elegant, and vibrant sparkling wine.
Unleashing your palate and embracing the thrill of experimentation, exploring new wines opens up a tantalizing world of discovery and taste sensations. In the pursuit of expanding our vinous horizons, experimenting with new wines allows us to venture beyond our comfort zones and indulge in a sensory adventure. With every bottle uncorked or uncapped, we embark on a journey that takes us from familiar grape varieties to intriguing blends and unique terroirs. Whether savouring the velvety richness of a local red or relishing the crisp and refreshing notes of an obscure white, trying new wines broadens our understanding of wine’s boundless diversity. It allows us to create memorable moments of delight and surprise as we encounter flavours, aromas, and textures that reflect the artistry and distinctiveness of different winemaking regions. So, embrace the exhilarating world of experimentation, and let each new bottle poured be a passport to uncharted territories, where discovery and enjoyment intertwine with every sip.