What a Trump Presidency Means for Your Wine Consumption

Written by Eric Tansey, CSW&Sommelier

Like it or not, President Elect Donald Trump is on his way to the White House. Uncertainty is in the air as the wake of the 43rd presidential inauguration is set to take place January 20, 2017. Repeal on current policies is a possibility, new laws will likely be instated and the list goes on. But we at Tanseyreviews.com know that the real question on everyone’s mind is, What does a Trump Presidency mean for your wine consumption?

What does this mean for your consumption?

Well you must first ask, What side of the fence (or wall) do you fall on? If you are not in support of Trump then it is safe to assume that you will be consuming a lot more wine over the next four years. What a great opportunity to expand your palate and try wines from lesser known wine producing countries…like Canada!

Canada has two major wine regions, Ontario and British Columbia. These two wine regions are known for producing exceptional Riesling and Chardonnay— two varietals that are not only adored here in the states but have the popular vote worldwide. If you choose to explore Canadian wine over the next four years, then you really must pay a visit to the Niagara Peninsula appellation where 85% of Ontario’s vineyards are located.

Here, the quality of life for the grapes is not dictated by politics but by both a maritime influence and the cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment. Astute wine drinkers may even draw a parallel between the steep and treacherous drop off of the Niagara Escarpment and the results of the recent election. But don’t despair just yet.

If, on the other hand, you are in support of Trump, you will likely be in search of something completely different from the popular vote but still favored by many. For this, we would love to see an increase in the sales and consumption of Merlot.

Merlot has received a ton of bad publicity from the media and its popularity has diminished of late. That said, there have been those loyal consumers from the beginning who ignored the media and the risk of losing their closest friends to proudly declare, “I love Merlot.”

This is a grape that is highly misunderstood. It is hated by so many even though the majority cannot really explain why they do not like it. If you look at Merlot with a blind eye, you might find that it is exactly what you were looking for in a good wine.

When you first open a bottle, Merlot can be quite a mystery: with characteristics of dark berries, cocoa, tobacco, and plum, it can have velvety tannins with hints of vanilla and cooking spice, or it can deliver a more savory experience with bright acidity and mineral flavors.

In sheer number of acres planted, it dominates other red wine grape varietals in plantings around the world. (For a detailed article explaining why so many people dislike Merlot but are unable to state the reason why, click here http://tanseyreviews.com/2016/05/01/the-unjust-exile-of-merlot/) If you still find yourself distrusting this grape, try not to create a effigy of Merlot just yet. Head down to your local wine shop and have an open mind about it.

For those who were completely against both parties; Craft Beer. Craft beer is found in almost every small pocket of the U.S. These small breweries are adored by their locals and are able to survive just based on local consumption. However, there are so many of these small breweries and their production levels are so comparatively low that as individuals they have little impact on the overall world of beverage consumption. Just a thought: in upcoming years, unity of these small pockets could potentially be both effective and influential.

In closing, my friends, we should not be so worried about the pending political shift but instead we should shift our attention to the expansion of our own palates. There are so many wines out there to explore and although you may not enjoy all of them, it is important to keep an open mind and to broaden your horizons. Remember: there is a time and a place for all wines, and it is up to you to find them. Cheers!


Trump photo provided by By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America – Donald Trump, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51909402