Elin McCoy's Top 10 Wine Experiences of 2011

- 2011-12-21T22:31:45Z

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By Elin McCoy

In 2011, luxe wines came back, natural wines headed mainstream, Aussie wines lost market share, and Burgundy soared at auction, embraced by the Chinese. The great 2009 vintage, which produced stellar Bordeaux, Burgundy, Beaujolais and West Coast pinot noir, began arriving on shelves. Though there's still an ocean of industrial plonk, my ten picks reflect what's tops in the wine world today -- and point to where it's going next.