Each December, my husband and I plot out the restaurants we want to be sure to try in the New Year. We include recent openings, long New York City mainstays that for some reason we have yet to make it to, and the odd hole-in-the-wall or eatery mentioned to us by someone whose palate we trust. This year, I looked at the list and noticed that he had added something outside the usual confines of our purely dining agenda: “Drink more Chablis.”
It’s a worthy cause, and he certainly won’t have to twist my arm to help him accomplish it. But it got me thinking that our friends in other parts of the country might similarly have "wine resolutions"—whether they're goals they’ve set for their restaurant beverage programs or adjustments to their wine drinking habits at home. As it turns out, everyone has great plans for 2016, listed in no particular order below. I may just adopt a few of them myself. In many cases, they offer a clear window into what regions and themes will shape our drinking landscape in the coming year.
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Here, 16 wine resolutions from sommeliers around the country:
"This is the year that I put in a real effort to convince my clientele that Riesling can be a legitimate world-class and age-worthy wine.” —Jay Esopenko, Union Larder, San Francisco