Riesling grape comes out on top

Riesling rises in popularity as Emirates Fine Wine releases its best selling grapes for 2006

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By  Laura Barnes Published  December 1, 2006

Emirates Fine Wine has released its best selling grapes for 2006, with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Shiraz coming out on top for red grapes. For white grapes, however, staples like Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay top the poll, but Riesling is also gaining popularity. “It is interesting to notice that out of our complete portfolio, the grapes that are emerging on top are commonly known as being used in single straight grape production,” commented Jean-Marc Vettesi, sales manager, Emirates Fine Wine. Figures for the Riesling grape show an increase in sales of 216.46% for 2006 compared to 2005 for Emirates Fine Wine, with the company selling 1500 bottles of Riesling for 2006, compared to 200 bottles the previous year. “Of course the huge increase has to take into consideration that we have expanded our business over the last year, but it also proves there is a demand for Riesling,” said Vettesi. “Most wine lists in Dubai have Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc by the glass, but the range and flexibility of Riesling makes it a key player in the white wine market. However, a good sommelier should already be offering a wide selection of Riesling,” he added. Malbec has also increased in popularity, reporting an increase of 287% for 2006 compared to 2005, with Shiraz also increasing by 214.14%.

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