2019 Wine Predictions
People bring out their wine predictions because other people bring out their wine predictions, and the wine world is nothing if not a hall of mirrors. There is no room in wine predictions for irony. Except here.
Vinous soothsayers look no further, pluck a prediction or rehash-able topic from this prescient jumble:
Remember Chardonnay. I just did. I forgot about it for many years, but I know that a trend is like an ever-turning wheel or a stopped clock that tells the right time twice a day.
Bordeaux blah blah – rearrange the following words – century, vintage, of, rises, price.
Pretend to discover a region that has been making world class wine for the past few years and praise it for its newfound world-classness.
Go even further and talk knowledgeably about the rediscovery of Georgia as the cradle of wine civilisation. Lob in Armenia and Turkey too. There may be a free trip in it.
English wine again – write about how much better English fizz is than champagne, that New Year’s prediction will never get old.
Remind people that you know that there is more to Argentina than Malbec and Mendoza.
Mention China, the new wine super power.
It is important to pep up one’s predictions with some arbitrary grape/region juxtapositions. Step forward Marlborough Gruner Veltliner, Argentinean Trousseau, Welsh Albarino?! One swallow may not make a summer, but who’s counting?
Check which region is now challenging Burgundy for the best Pinot Noir in the world. Talk about that.
People have been predicting that sherry will be the next trendy thing for the past ten years. Surely, one day that prediction will come true.
Elon Musk will plant Glera vines in front of his new mansion on Mars to feed the insatiable thirst of earthbound Prosecco-drinkers.
Predictions will be made this time next year for the coming year, and so on, Ad infinitum.
Ok, so perhaps Martian Prosecco is a tad farfetched, but we stand by the rest…