Between a new president, new vaccines, and, sadly, new variants, 2021 was a whirlwind year that brought with it more of the unfamiliar. The drinks world seemed to have followed this trend, introducing us to unexpected beverages like smoothie seltzer and RanchNog .
But, after a very rough 2020, beverage alcohol professionals made major comebacks this year, too, bringing with them contemporary takes on classic cocktails , a compelling blend of music and wine , and so much more. And while some of these new products and innovations are getting us excited for what the new year will bring ( bottled Topo Chico hard seltzer , anyone?), there are other trends we’d prefer to leave in 2021 (along with butterfly clips and pistachio milk ).
From the financialization of booze to gimmicky collaborations, these are the drinks trends to which we’re bidding adieu in 2022.
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Credit: Wild Arc Farm / Facebook.com When is the wine world going to finally give up on piquette ? The effervescent, low-ABV beverage has roots dating back centuries and is known for its funky , sessionable nature. But while the drink may have been a media darling in 2021, we’re ready to move on to bigger, bubblier sparkling wines.
Piquette may be beloved by industry pros of late, but its lack of flavor concentration and watery mouthfeel make the drink fall flat against similarly priced hard seltzers with more mainstream flavor profiles. The wine-like beverage — made from wine pomace — was once thought to be unworthy of consumption by paying customers. We’d argue this should never have changed. Judging Drinks By Their Labels
Credit: Ariela Basson For design-savvy consumers, there has never been a better time to browse the aisles of liquor stores and bottle shops. With minimalist packaging on low- and no-ABV products and geometric and psychedelic beer cans , there’s no shortage of booze on the market to please both the eye and taste buds of any drink lover.
But just because a can, bottle, or carton catches the eye, doesn’t always mean the liquid inside will deliver. These design-forward labels often say little about the beverage itself, making it incredibly difficult to tell which products are worth buying. Rather than drinking with your eyes, talk to your local wine retailer about what you’re looking for. After all, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Or, if you’re committed to the aesthetic, check out these nice looking — and tasting — bottles and cans , recommended by VinePair’s associate designer, Ariela Basson. Heavy Wine Bottles
In case you’ve been living under a rock, our planet is warming. And the wine industry is not without fault when it comes to climate change. While boxes, cans, and even plant-based alternatives are continuously being released, glass bottles are still king in the world of vino. These bottles typically weigh a little over 1 pound, […]