What were this year’s biggest wine stories? In just about any otherwise normal year, the passing of a cultural icon such as Robert Mondavi would top the list. And certainly his death in May reminded us of how this legendary vintner shaped our modern wine world.
Odd, too, that in the same year he died, one of his shared visions, Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts, filed for bankruptcy.
Other topics that might top the list in a normal year would be a great vintage or a big winery sale (or in this instance, the non-sale of Napa's Chateau Montelena).
But clearly the economy dwarfed all other stories this year, and its full impact has yet to be felt by the wine industry, not to mention our society.
My fear is that the meltdown of global financial markets and our collective financial losses, whether real or imagined, will cripple wine sales and redefine what "high end" is. It will surely mean a lot less than it did a year ago.
I know there are many important stories that defined the past year, and we editors at Wine Spectator will be highlighting some of those stories, blogs, videos, etc. as we start to wrap up 2008. I hope you’ll share your thoughts on this subject.
Jordan Horoschak — Houston, TX — December 18, 2008 7:23pm ET
Michael Leung — December 19, 2008 5:45am ET
Mark Koppen — Calistoga — December 19, 2008 1:42pm ET
Larry Schaffer — central coast, ca — December 19, 2008 3:13pm ET
Johnny Espinoza Esquivel — December 19, 2008 4:03pm ET
Eric P Perramond — Colorado Springs, CO — December 20, 2008 11:52am ET
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