The best wines of 2023 are something we in the wine world are still discovering. From the hotel industry to the best wine bars to cocktail bars to any bar business or hospitality industry space, the best wines are important. At the time of writing, we’re not even halfway through 2023 yet. These wines will likely be on a longer list of the best wines of 2023 when the year is complete.
For now, these eight best wines of 2023 are what we know about so far. This BinWise blog post will be the starting point of our list for 2023. We’ll check back in when 2024 rolls around. For now, if you’re hosting brunch, focusing on customer satisfaction, or working in country clubs, add these eight wines to your menu for 2023.
8. Haute Cabrière - Pinot Noir
This Haute Cabrière pinot noir, from the Franschhoek Valley in South Africa, is quite the unique choice on this list. South African wine is well-known and appreciated around the world. That said, pinot noir isn’t often the first South African wine to come to mind. This year, this pinot noir is standing as an exception to that common expectation.
7. Jim Barry - Watervale Riesling
Riesling is one of those wines that you might not expect on a list of the best wines if you're unfamiliar with it. This Jim Barry Watervale riesling is one that, if you’re still unsure about riesling, you should absolutely give it a try. This Riesling is bright, sweet, and everything else that makes a Riesling such a delightful option.
6. Habit Wine - Rosé Grenache
Habit Wine is a winery we should all be paying attention to, now and in the future. With wine grape vines from around the Santa Barbara Valley, the wines from Habit Wine are unique and delicious California wines.
This rosé grenache is fermented in stainless steel. It’s bright, fruity, and in limited supply this year, so get a case while you can!
5. Field Recordings - Super Gnario
This Super Gnario wine from Field Recordings is an especially unique blend to come out of California. It’s made from grapes from the Happy Canyon in Santa Barbara. Those grapes are a mix of Nebbiolo and barbera, which are typically seen in Italian wines. This Super Gnario is bold in ways you would expect of an Italian wine paired with the talent of California winemaking.
4. Robert Sinskey - Vin Gris of Pinot Noir
You’ve heard of red wine, white wine, and rosé. Have you heard of gray wine before? Neither had we, before reading up on this vin gris of pinot noir from Robert Sinskey. Vin gris is one of many different varieties of wine that doesn’t receive much attention, and it should receive more. It’s a type of rosé grape, and this vin gris of pinot noir from Napa Valley is a berry, floral, delight.
3. San Antonio Winery - San Simeon Viognier
This San Simeon viognier from San Antonio Winery, the largest and oldest winery in Los Angeles, is a unique treat. The climate of Paso Robles for growing wine grapes created the grapes that make this somewhat French and refreshing California wine such a unique white wine. Viognier is a white wine not many folks have tried, and this bottle is the place to start.
2. Trotton Estate Vineyards - Spectacular Sparkling Brut
This wouldn’t be a list of the best wines of 2023 without a sparkling wine. This Spectacular sparkling brut from Trotton Estate Vineyards, a favorite winery in the UK, is the perfect sparkling option. It’s reminiscent of French bubbles, grown on English soil. It’s a wine pairing option for the best foods but is equally enjoyable on its own on a warm summer evening.
1. Charlotte Dalton - Love Me Love You Shiraz
A shiraz from South Australia is guaranteed to be delicious. This Love Me Love You Shiraz from Charlotte Dalton is some of the best. It takes the number one spot on our list because of how wonderful, yet still underrated Shiraz often is. If you’re looking for a fruity, oaky Shiraz to try in 2023, this is the one.
"Key Takeaway: The best wines of 2023 are something we’re excited to keep experimenting with and learning more about as the year progresses."
Frequently Asked Questions About the Best Wines of 2023 So Far
The best wines of 2023 are already sparking plenty of questions and interest, even with the year only a few months along. Our answers to a few of these frequently asked questions talk about some of those wines. We'll also dive into popular drinks of 2023 beyond the wine industry. It’s an exciting year for drinks all around.
What are the Best Wines to Keep for a Long Time?
The best wines to keep for a long time are red or white wines that age for 10 to 20 years. The best type of red wine or the best type of white wine to keep for a long time is all about how the wine will age. If you’re learning how to collect wine, you should start with:
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- German Riesling
When people talk about wines that get better with age, these are some of the main wines they’re talking about. There’s also quite a large variety, even on this short list, so there’s something for everyone.
What’s the Best Wine This Year?
It’s hard to pick one best wine for this year, ultimately it’s the one you like best. That could be any of the eight wines on this list. It could be something from a small batch winery, maybe even something you sampled through working at a winery. The range of wine available and the difference in taste preferences means there isn’t one best wine, even from just one year.
What Is the Trend for Alcohol In 2023?
Some of the top trends for alcohol and cocktails in 2023 are Ranch Water, Paloma, and the Evergreen Margarita. These three cocktails, all with a delightful tequila base, have been making a name for themselves in recent years.
Will 2023 Be a Good Year for Wine?
The wine industry is expecting 2023 to be decent for wine sales, and similar to recent years in terms of wine production. There is an expected 2% to 4% growth in sales in the premium wine segment. On the production side of things, 2023 is expected to be the third year in a row of a lighter yield.
2023’s Best Wines: Have We Seen the Best, Or Is It Yet To Come?
The best wines of 2023 are something we’re excited to keep experimenting with and learning more about as the year progresses. Once 2024 comes around, we’ll look for these bottles as regulars at bars, restaurants, and on brunch menus. If you’re a restaurant or bar owner working on guest retention, or a wine bar manager stocking your shelves, this list is a good place to start.
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