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The Wine Scene: by Jill A. Ditmire
posted: Jan. 08, 2016

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I've been perusing a number of wine industry publications as of late, checking on popular wines and trends of the year gone by and what we might find more of in our glasses in 2016. Here are some of the topics that caught my eye.
The Shanken Report notes that there are 93 million regular wine drinkers in the U.S., making up 40 percent of adults; by 2025 there will be 104 million, making up 44 million. Maybe that's why they are building all of those new apartments in Broad Ripple.
Prosecco, rose and hard cider found their way into many a glass last year and industry experts predict more of the same for 2016. Local hard cider fans should try the offerings from New Day Craft, located in Fountain Square. Brett and Tia have been making tasty award winning wine from honey and hard cider from apples for ten years.
On Christmas Eve, I shared bottle of JEIO Prosecco from Italy with friends. It was delightful. Crisp notes of golden delicious apple, a touch of almond and d'anjou pear tempted the nose and a clean dry finish made it a perfect aperitif.
Speaking of sparklers, look for more of those bubbly bottles from England. Yes, England. The climate of the Champagne region of nearby France is warming, which isn't ideal for producing Champagne grapes. So French vintners are taking their shows on the road to the still very cold soils of Great Britain. Champagne House Taittinger purchased vineyards in Kent where it plans to produce a sparkling wine under the label of Domaine Evremond.
Industry experts predict more and better deals on Italian and Spanish wines in the year ahead.
And health experts reported on a new study of red wine and people with Type 2 diabetes. A small two year study from the Ben Gurion University of Negev found that patients with type 2 diabetes who drank 5 ounces of red wine with dinner had a slight increase in their HDL or "good" cholesterol level. They say they need to do more testing. Any one want to road trip to Israel?

Jill A. Ditmire is an Omnimedia wine specialist, AWS certified wine judge, freelance broadcast journalist and 20+ year home owner in the Warfleigh neighborhood of Broad Ripple. Send your questions and comments to Jill at
Also on INSTAGRAM @jaditmire
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