The wine side of our house is informed by our Master Sommelier and his team. With their expertise, we source excellent wines from an exhaustive list of suppliers, to ensure your portfolio is exactly where it needs to be.
Wine is typically made from the fermented juice of grapes, mostly from the European vine family Vitis vinifera. Popular varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Syrah for red wines and Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc for white wines. Some wines are made from a single variety and others are blends of two or more varieties.
Many wines are named for the variety(ies) while others are named for the region in which they are produced. Wine is made worldwide; France, Italy, Spain and the US are the largest producing countries. Most wines are white, red or rosé table wines and range in style from dry to sweet and contain 8-14% alcohol. Other categories are sparkling wine and fortified wine.
The alcohol-by-volume (ABV) in many wines has been on the rise in recent years thanks to hotter climatic conditions and consumer preferences. While average ABVs used to range between five and 13 percent, wines often now explode up to 15 percent or more.
Enter many of the classic lower-alcohol wines, which are not only great values and dovetail nicely with the recent uptick in concerns about wellness.
“Low alcohol wines (less than the standard 12 to 14 percent ABV) tie into the general health and wellness theme and are gaining in popularity among consumers watching their caloric intake, as the alcohol itself is the primary calorie contributor to wine,” shares Eric Hemer, senior vice president and director of wine education at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits.