The Fine Wine World Cup

World Cup of WineNow that all the bookies and pundits have had their say on the likely winners of the World Cup we thought it might be fun to ruminate on the winners of a global fine wine competition. France would be the undoubted favourites with a strike force like Burgundy, an effervescent Champagne midfield, the Bordeaux backbone in defence and the always reliable Rhone in goal. Italy with its Super Tuscans upfront and midfield of Brunello, Barberesco and Barolo (the 3 B’s) would score many goals but not sure Prosecco or Soave would stop many either. Spain has the opposite problem with some big sturdy wines at the back in Rioja and some superstars in Vega Sicilia and Pingus but possibly lacks the strength in depth though still has the capacity to surprise. Germany as we know has a long footballing tradition but in the wine world has only one superstar grape, Riesling, and I suspect would struggle to get out of the group stages. As for Australia they have the spicy Grange whom I’m sure would put in a few crunching tackles but again lack depth whilst in the USA Screaming Eagle will no doubt soar around the park but would Opus One betray its French origins and sulk at the back ? These wines are the proven winners in the fine wine investment world and should all be in your portfolio