As December draws to a close, most folks start reflecting on what they'd like to do differently in the New Year. Exercise regularly, cook more at home, kick the caffeine... We've all set resolutions for ourselves at one point or another. But for those whose lives revolve around wine, New Year's resolutions might have a more vinous bent, be it a wine category they'd like to add to their restaurant's list, an appellation they'd like to integrate more into their own cellars at home, a region they plan to finally visit, perfectly-aged bottles they mean to finally open, or a broader goal to keep themselves and the drinking public inspired and invigorated.
Food & Wine polled sommeliers around the country for their wine plans for 2017. Think of this list as a preview of the trends that will shape our drinking culture in the New Year. And while it suggests that obscure grapes and regions will continue to be championed, it seems even clearer that the classics will make a comeback.
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Here, 17 Wine Resolutions from the country's top sommeliers:
"I plan to drink more wines from the Languedoc. It may sound a bit silly, but I've visited a few times in the last couple years and have realized that there is incredible wine being produced there that rarely gets noticed. The problem is that the region is so large and is often associated with the bulk wines that give it a bad rap. I see a lot of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan in my near future!" – Carlton McCoy, The Little Nell, Aspen