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James Molesworth on 2011: Chile Gains Momentum

wine-spectator-dec-2010-200By now most wine lovers have had a chance to pour over the latest Wine Spectator Annual Top 100 wines list. And along with comments on 2010 comes predictions for 2011… and we like the way James Molesworth is thinking…

Based on an overview of the state of the industry today, he casts a speculating eye on the future: who’s on their way up or down, what’s to be made of prices, warns against finger-wagging turn-offs, and resolves to keep an open mind. And he focuses one of his six prophecies specifically on Chile.

You’ll have to get your hands on the magazine itself to read the full article, but we’ll give you a sneak peek right here:

Prediction Nº 1: Bordeaux 2010 will be expensive.

Prediction Nº 2: Argentina will lose momentum.

Prediction Nº 3: Chile will gain momentum.

Prediction Nº 4:The Rhone will never lose its soul.

Prediction Nº 5: The “natural wine” movement is dying on the vine.

Prediction Nº 6: New Yorker’s won’t see another wine list like Cru’s or Veritas’ any time soon.

We like Nº 3. Yes indeed. Chile is picking up speed, and diversity’s the key. We at Wines of Chile have been saying that for a long time, but it’s nice to know that others are noticing. If there’s one overarching descriptor for Chilean wine, it would have to be “diversity.” Chile is loaded with it: geographic, climate, style, and varietal diversity with plenty of appeal, and yes, as he points out, at good prices too, which, he says, “means that consumers can explore without fear.”

Pick up a copy of the December 31, 2010 issue of Wine Spectator and read the full article. And while you’re at it, you might want to pick up one of the four Chilean wines that made the Top 100 list to sip as you read–or just go ahead and start your own fearless exploring right now!

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