What’s hot: Goldun says Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and Rhône varieties (Syrah, Grenache, Viognier)—from both Europe and the West, as long as the wines are value-oriented. Younger drinkers tend to be more adventurous and less likely to drink the same wine twice; they graduate from Trader Joe’s when they realize that $2 or $3 more per bottle makes a big difference.
Exploding trend Goldun loves: Sustainably farmed wines, which tend to be handmade, with a noticeable uptick in character. These natural wines are becoming a big part of the Palate business.
Bottle that recently blew him away: Donkey & Goat 413 Rhône blend ($32) from El Dorado County. Elegant, balanced, concentrated … and natural.