A couple of my respondents indicated that wine bottle sales are down while cocktails and wines by the glass are up. Speculation among them is that customers are watching what they spend and are less willing to buy a bottle of wine with dinner.
One said, “All of these Tequila bars and craft cocktail bars have eclectic and limited wine programs that follow the same path as their drink menus: limited, hand-crafted, esoteric. With these moderately priced and somewhat obscure wines being featured, skilled bartenders know what to recommend. Varietals and regions like Picpoul de Pinet, Valle d’Aosta, Zweigelt, Lambrusco and Macabeo are popping up.”
Boston Restaurateur and Author Andy Husbands, chef/owner of Tremont 647 & Sister Sorel, said liquor sales are up and wines by the glass are up, but bottle wine sales are down. He speculates the economy is behind the trends.
Photo courtesy ConanTheLibrarian via Flickr/CC