Visiting upscale restaurants, sipping a glass of wine with near and dear ones, and making merry on weekends almost became a thing of the past due to Covid-19. The world witnessed something unprecedented and horrific in the last two years because of the uncontrolled spread of the deadly coronavirus. The Covid induced lockdown impacted the restaurant industry severely.
However, the current situation is much better, and therefore restaurants have started operation. People are now visiting these eateries with their family, friends, partners, and colleagues like pre-Covid times. Aside from a qualified chef, the demand for a trained and knowledgeable sommelier in most fine dining restaurants has started growing.
Keep reading if you want to know about the top wine trends in restaurants in the coming year.
Restaurants will Sell Canned Wine More
In 2022, the number of restaurants serving canned wine to guests instead of pouring wine into a clunky glass will increase. Alongside adopting takeaway menus, a lot of restaurants started selling wine to go during the Covid pandemic.
These strategies helped restaurants make profits even in those difficult times. As per a recently conducted survey, the percentage of people preferring canned wine has skyrocketed. This wine-to-go will only become more popular and increase in volume in the coming year.
Restaurants will Streamline the List of Wines
The dinners’ appreciation for restaurateurs will become more evident in the next year. Diners are now more mindful of spending their hard-earned money and always on the lookout for good deals on wines and food.
Even those who had no idea before now know that all upscale restaurants had been selling wines at a significantly higher price than wine retail stores. Hence, to retain customers and compel more guests to visit, each eatery where wine is available is making changes to the list of wines.
Fine-Dining Restaurants will make the Wine Lists Smaller
During the noble coronavirus pandemic, many restaurants that used to have sizable wine cellars had no options left other than selling off most of their inventory. They did so to pay monthly salaries to their employees and make rent. In order to sustain throughout the pandemic, eating and drinking places made their wine lists smaller.
They struggled to sell expensive wines, which is why they took the step of keeping wine options on the list limited. The fewer wine choices in a restaurant’s wine list have already become a trend, and it will remain so in 2022 as well.
Restaurants can cut down overhead expenses when the inventory is less because of the relatively short wine lists. Wine professionals at fine-dining restaurants can now offer diners more curated, and tailored info regarding wines as the list contains lesser wine options.
There is no denying that Covid has tremendously affected wine manufacturing channels and the flow of distribution. It seems that the trend of launching restaurants in or around wine regions will increase more in 2022. The demand for individuals with a wine certification will also grow in the next year.