In “Crystal Ball,” the Market Watch editors share their predictions about the trends that will impact the world of drinks this year. They note “Malbec’s Renaissance,” writing: “ Malbec never went away, of course, but it had a few rough years after injudicious over shipping by Argentine bulk players. Now the popularity of quality Malbec is seeing a resurgence of interest, led by the high-end players like CATENA ZAPATA.”
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In “Argentina Comes of Age,” Angel Antin explores the shifting focus of Argentine wine and how the category has developed despite the country’s financial issues and the evolving tastes of consumers in the U.S., its major export market. DIEGO LO PRETE, MundoVino’s senior vice president and general manager, is featured throughout the article, providing his perspectives on a number of topics, including the effects of Argentina’s inflation on the industry and how the category will continue to develop beyond Malbec. Regarding the current landscape, Lo Prete remarks: “Argentine wine is coming of age. Growth rates are cooling and we see a concentration of top players and higher price points. Opportunistic producers and those with weak brand equities will find it harder to remain in the game.”
Retailers, including Ryan Gerni of Davidsons Liquors in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, are also interviewed for the article, with Gerni commenting on the popularity of CATENA Malbec 2013 in his store, as well as non-Malbec options such as CATENA ZAPATA Adrianna Vineyard White Bones Chardonnay 2012 that are gaining traction. Additionally, both Gerni and Brian Koziol, master sommelier and food and beverage concept development director at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, say that Cabernet Franc is the grape to watch with CATENA Appellation San Carlos Cabernet Franc and EL ENEMIGO Cabernet Franc being popular wines for both, respectively.