Robert Parker : the 2014 vintage in 15 forecasts.

Tuesday January 07 2014 by Vitisphere

 

Like most of us, Robert Parker started 2014 by wishing a happy and healthy year to all. 

In addition, the industry’s most influential critic gave a series of forecasts on the global wine industry.

This has become a classic exercise for Mr Parker ( in 2006 he had predicted 12 key trends. Among others the increasing influence of the internet, Spain becoming a wine super power and a powerful bull market for the most famous wines…).

For the new year, Robert Parker expects « More resistance to very expensive wines from mediocre vintages-think Europe 2011,2012,and 2013 », while California will « profit from two glorious years of quality and quantity-2012 and 2013 ». Argentina « will continue to excel for malbecs and their crispy whites from Torrontes ».

For Wine Advocate’s founder « Look for Prosecco and Cava sparkling wine sales to erode some of the profit and glamour from Champagne ».

In broader terms, he thinks that « Spain, southern Italy and France will dominate for high quality wines under $20 ».

 

Robert Parker’s forecast as published on his Twitter account :

"1. More resistance to very expensive wines from mediocre vintages-think Europe 2011,2012,and 2013

2. California profits from two glorious years of quality and quantity-2012 and 2013

3. The undefined scam called "natural" or "authentic" wines will be exposed as a fraud-(most serious wines have no additives)

4. Argentina will continue to excel for malbecs and their crispy whites from Torrontes

5. Spain, southern Italy and France will dominate for high quality wines under $20

6. Pinot noir lovers will go bonkers over Oregon 2012s and California 2012s and 2013s

7. Wine will continue to become less elitist and populists will rule the day over insufferable snobs

8. Wine Fraud will reach into the sanctus santorum of several auctionhouses which will be found to have turned a blind eye to red flags

9. The Coravin wine preservation system will profoundly change the way we drink rare and limited production gems

10. The government will finally require all wine labels to reveal caloric and ingredients

11. Wine bloggers will continue to complain about their failure to monetize their sites and earn respect:)

12. Eastern & mid-Atlantic wineries will pick up consumers support based on the strength of 2012 & 2012, &c onsumers seeking new "experiences"

13. More BYO high quality bistros & trattorias will burst on the scene in response to over-priced,excessive mark-ups at other restaurants

14. Expect more mobile food trucks-featuring Korean,Mexican, South American, and Asian fusion offerings

15. Look for Prosecco and Cava sparkling wine sales to erode some of the profit and glamour from Champagne"

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