The Top 10 Wine Stories of 2012 (by Tom Wark)

Posted: December 18, 2012 by wynmaker in Wine, World wine news
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Only a few days remain in 2012 and that means it’s as good as time as any to look back at the biggest wine stories of 2012. Some years produce lots of monumental events in the wine world. Some, not so much. I’d have to characterize the import of 2012′s wine news as middling to average. Still, there were developments that were of great importance whether measured by the talk they generated or the economic impact they will have.

Here, in no particular order, are the Top 10 Wine Stories of 2012

1. EUROPE EXPERIENCES A SHORT HARVEST, LEAVING A WANT FOR WINE
Pretty much across Europe the 2012 harvest was significantly down in numbers and many say quality. The primary impact will be a significant reduction in supplies of wine leading to higher prices and the big producers looking around for wine anywhere they can get it to serve the marketplace.

2. CALIFORNIA EXPERIENCES BIG, HIGH QUALITY 2012 HARVEST
Coming in somewhere in the neighborhood of 3.7 million tons and up over 3 million tons from 2011, the 2012 wine grape harvest in California will provide the marketplace with a bevy of juice. On top of the generous harvest is word that the quality is outstanding also. After the short 2010 and 2011 harvests, 2012 was welcome new for wineries as well as growers who not only brought in more grapes but started to get higher prices for them.
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