In the just released 2023 U.S. Industry Survey by Wine Opinions and Colangelo & Partners, what place was named as “the next big thing” poised to capture the attention of wine drinkers (consumers as well as trade)?

A. Greece

B. Italy

C. Spain

D. Portugal


I’m not sure how Italy could be “the next big thing” when—it seems to this correspondent anyway—it’s never gone away. But 13% of respondents named it as about to crash big time onto the wine scene. Next in line was Portugal with 11% of votes. Some respondents cited a wine region rather than a country. Sicily surged way out in front with 22% of respondents naming it. Paso Robles came in second, but only garnered 11% of nominations. Ok, so: Sicily and Italy. And now my friendly quizzards, please name three of the leading indigenous Italian grapes grown in Sicily.

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