Syrah/Shiraz, Zinfandel Becoming ‘Optional’ Varieties
November 6, 2014 § Leave a comment
Syrah/Shiraz and Zinfandel, once among the top 10 varieties on-premise, have fallen to 16th and 15th respectively as reported by Winemetrics 2014 On-Premise Wine Distribution Report. Malbec now has more combined By-the-Bottle (BTB) and By-the-Glass placements than either and is ranked 11th. Red Blends, those non-traditional varietal mixes (not to be confused with Bordeaux Blends, Rhone Blends and Super Tuscans, which Winemetrics tracks separately) have jumped to 7th position.
Although Red Blends frequently incorporate Zinfandel and Syrah and often have similar flavor profiles, their catchy names and packaging, appeal more to Millennial consumers. More restaurants, especially casual chains with smaller lists, are dropping Zinfandel and Syrah/Shiraz from their wine lists.