WHAT IS FINE WINE?<br />Ribera del Duero<br />28th April 2010<br />
Remembering where we live: wine’s human dimension<br /> “For men and women are not only themselves; they are also the region in which they were born, the city apartment or the farm in which they learnt to walk , the games they played as children, the old wives’ tales they overheard, the food they ate, the schools they attended, the sports they followed, the poets they read, and God they believed in. It is all these things that have made them what they are, and these are the things that you can’t come to know by hearsay, you can only know them if you have lived them.”<br /> Somerset Maugham “The Razor’s Edge” 1944<br />2<br />
Where we are now: the wine world in 2010<br /><ul><li>Average quality higher than at any time in history
Fine wine today: the new reality <br /><ul><li>Still Bordeaux dominated to an alarming extent.
Liv-Ex Fine 100 Fine Wine Index (www.liv-ex.com). Tracks “the most sought after wines for which there is a strong secondary market”. A little Burgundy, Champagne, Tuscany and the Rhône, but essentially a who’s who of Bordeaux
Investment opportunities. 2009 Fine Wine index rose by 17.4%.