It's the beginning of a new year, and experts are making their predictions of trends in the wine industry in 2011. Wine Spectator magazine took a sometimes lighthearted view at the global industry's trends, including these:
A continuance of agricultural theft: The 2010 northern hemisphere harvest season saw entire vineyards robbed of grapes in France and the USA, and a French truffle thief even being fatally shot.
A continuance of the strong auction market in the Far East, with more gimmicks and eye-popping prices than ever before.
Scientists keeping on being wine marketers' best friends: 2010 saw countless reports on studies proving that wine is good for your health, and this trend will continue in 2010.