From where I sit one would imagine that I have some insight into the wine market. Enough at least to foresee what might happen over the extreme short term, the next 12 months or so. Of course it is just as likely that I have no particular insight, a view too narrow to see what is happening all around us.

Of course witnessing, and recalling, what has happened over the past two decades should also count for something so I'll stick my neck out a bit here and make a few predictions for the coming year. It will be interesting to look back on these and see where I may in fact have some insight, and where I'm shooting blanks.

To begin with let's look to the market segment with which I am most familiar: Piedmont.