The 4 Wines of 2013

Look forward to these wines trending big time in the new year


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Before we get to specific recommendations, it’s worth noting that while there is still cheap wine available just about everywhere, almost every region that has prolifically produced vast oceans of cheap wine is making some effort to trade some of that volume for an increase in quality. This overall reduction in quantity is coming at a very interesting time in the wine world. It seems as though regions such as China, India, Russia and Brazil are awakening to fine wine just as the historical sources for these wines have reached, through climate change, vineyard acquisitions, and improvements in the vineyards and the cellars, a sort of nexus of peak production and peak quality.

Simply put, the wineries are getting press like never before, making finite qualities of wines that critics are prone to fawn over just as demand is set to explode. The truly top wines are already priced out of the reach of mere mortals, but those price increases are making their way down the quality tree and they might very well be coming to a wine near you very soon.

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  • Re: Riojas. I've had many crianzas and reserves in the past decade and don't think the reserves scale proportionately tastewise vs price. In fact, I think some of the $ 13-18 formers are better than their $ 35-40 latters.

    Jan 04, 2013 at 1:41 AM

  • Snooth User: Juancar
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    Well I know very well the Riojas,and some like the Monte Real from Bodegas Riojanas don't have price,are wines excepcionals in all their dimension,when you can drink a wine with 15 years and don't feel that years in your palate this is a fantastic experience from wines that everybody like.

    Mar 05, 2013 at 8:20 PM

  • Snooth User: mark holys
    1176343 36

    Some of the best wine perspective and plain journalistic truth that I have read in some time. Of course, agreement does cloud objectivity, but as a wine professional in the restaurtant industry where revenue driven employers demand meeting 'the bottom line', I too have been relegated to schmuck status in the discharge of my responsibility to my client community in quality and value in my recommendations. I am impressed with Mr. Dal Piag's acuity and the depth of his global view. I pride myself in same and invite discussion regarding this topical theme.
    Mark-Steven Holys.,...LinkedIn

    Mar 08, 2013 at 9:09 PM

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