Every Friday Uncorkd compiles the top restaurant and beverage industry news and opinions that had us talking. Here are the must-read stories from November 26th-December 2nd.
- Seeing the future of wine is a lot like looking through a glass of Pinot Grigio: your view is a hazy, but its clear enough to make out what’s on the other side. These wine trends are set to shake-up wine menus in 2017. Read our Wine Trends For 2017. There are some surprises on there, and a couple sure bets.
- The end of year retrospectives are being published. And if 2016 left a bad taste in your mouth, then here is a chance to wash it away: Wine Spectator’s list of the Top 100 Wines has been released, and you have a chance to win the Top 10 wines of 2015. If they made a fingers crossed emoji, it would totally be inserted here.
- If you read our Wine Trend 2017 Forecast from above, then you know that we are big on Spanish wines for 2017. We ain’t the only ones. Read how Spanish wines are pushing diners to rethink their ideas of Spanish cuisine in the U.S. It’s a mouthwatering look at great Spanish food + wine. Even if you don’t serve Spanish food, the wine deserves a space on your menu.
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- Guy: It’s like, the Uber of restaurant guides.Girl: Uhh, that’s because it is Uber’s restaurant guide.
Yes. Uber has released a restaurant guide for 12 American cities. The guide lists the most popular spots in trend-setting cities like New York, Chicago, and Phoenix. The rankings are based off of the most popular restaurant drop off locations for Uber users. There are obvious flaws to its usefulness as a dining guide, but it is an interesting use of Uber’s data. And despite what you often hear, there is a lot of great dining outside of Phoenix, and Uber’s data only serves to reinforce the lack of coverage of great dining outside major metropolitan areas.
- In case you missed it last week, here was Uncorkd’s featured item, A Holiday Survival Guide For Restaurants.
- 2016 has been a disappointing year for some segments of the restaurant industry. Sales are sluggish, staff turnover is high, and many mid-scale chains are closing stores in struggling markets. The casual chain restaurant is loosing customers. Are We Witnessing the Death of Casual Dining?