The Wine & Spirit Trends Appealing to Today's Sophisticated Drinker

Today's consumer isn't only more educated when it comes to food sourcing, they are also more knowledgeable when it comes to wine and spirits. They are looking for unique liquors, spirits, and flavors that can't be found on every bar menu.

This demand for more elevated spirits has fueled the handcrafted cocktail trend. With that in mind, beverage menus are only getting more sophisticated.

On the IOChangeMakers live stream, we sat down with two beverage experts–Cassie Sakai, wine director and lead sommelier for Girl and the Goat and Alan Beasey, beverage director at The Purple Pig to see what types of beverages guests have been ordering the most.

"Right now agave spirits are all the rage and not just tequila. Mezcal had a little surge there, people were really into mezcal. But now we are also starting to see things like raicilla and sotol coming into the picture," says Beasey.

Gin, vodka, whiskey, and tequila will always remain favorites, but today's guests are adventurous and are looking for something new or even something popular from the past.

"Amaro had its moment and now people are like 'what are we going to do next?.' It's about sourcing things that are limited production. I have been seeing really cool old fashions with vintage ingredients," says Sakai.

Watch the clip above to get more insights on the latest spirit trends. Want the full video? It's available exclusively now for On-Demand members. Learn more about Foodable On-Demand now.

Austin Sommelier Named One of Food & Wine’s Top Somms

LaV Restaurant |  Facebook

LaV Restaurant | Facebook

Food & Wine magazine has named Vilma Mazaite, a sommelier at Austin’s LaV restaurant, as one of its 2015 Sommeliers of the Year.  Only six other sommeliers in the nation received such honors and Mazaite was the only sommelier in the southwest to be named to this prestigious list. 

Mazaite is known throughout Austin for both her exceptional Burgundy program as well as her love for introducing her customers to unique, obscure varieties.  Her extensive travels to wine regions all over the world are evident in her curated wine list that compiles a diverse selection of some of the best wines in the world. 

Learn more about Mazaite and her fellow 2015 Sommeliers of the Year here