Out of habit, everyone (myself included) keeps referring to the big 6 grape varieties – Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon â€“ but the list seems a little outdated. Whereâ€™s the Syrah? Whereâ€™s the Zin? Whereâ€™s the Sangiovese?
Winemetrics published this list last week based on wine lists in over 10,000 USA restaurants:
Top varieties Consumed:
VARIETY and % DISTRIBUTION
Cabernet Sauvignon 16.2%
Pinot Noir 9.6%
Cabernet Sauvignon Blends 8.0%
Sauvignon Blanc 4.5%
Pinot Grigio/Gris 2.8%
Not counting Bordeaux/Cab. Sauv. blends that’s 10. It seems like a good time for a revamp.
How about the big 10?
If you would like to expand your horizons beyond the big 10, please take a look at this month’s Wine Blogging Wednesday – Go native! indigenous grape varieties moderated by Dr. Vino.