Risks of a Home Wine Cellar

What Are the Risks of a Home Wine Cellar?

A family friend has one of the most elaborate home wine cellars I’ve ever seen. His Florida home boasts three levels of wine shelves, gorgeous oak furniture, and special glass display cases for his many Jeroboams and Magnums. Although his home cellar is a work of art, it’s not without risks. Once, during a rowdy house party, he packed 20 drunk ...
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20 Simple Pleasures All Wine Lovers Can Relate To

Finding One Last Bottle in a Case You Could Have Sworn Was Empty You’ve spent months staring at that pile of empty wine cases in your cellar, dreading the weekend you’ll need to spend breaking them down. As you haul your first empty case out, you feel the unmistakable sound of a single bottle rolling around the bottom. It’s your ready-made re...
Best Loire Wine

The Best Loire Wine Might Be Rarer Than Ever Next Year–Here’s What You Can Do About It

The wine world was shocked when a sudden frost hit France this spring, and so far, it looks like one of the country’s greatest casualties is the Loire Valley. The average producer in this iconic wine region has already lost up to 30 percent of the crop, and in the most frostbitten areas, the crop is down by a staggering 80 percent. Loire Valley w...
Ex-Chateau Bordeaux

Afraid to Invest in Ex-Chateau Bordeaux? The Region’s New Identity Could Change Your Mind

Ex-chateau Bordeaux is in the midst of a historical identity crisis. For centuries now, Bordeaux has been lauded as one of the finest wine regions in the world, but fraud and a market bubble have forced its winemakers to make a drastic move: forgoing en primeur sales in favor of ex-chateau. More estates than ever are holding back bottles from their...
why buy white bordeaux

Versatile, Drinkable, and Underappreciated: Why Collectors Should Buy and Drink More White Bordeaux

It all started with a rainstorm. My buddy, a local sommelier, had just finished up work for the night at a restaurant and was in the process of closing everything down. Neither of us felt like braving the rainy weather yet, and we’d both worked up a thirst, so we pulled out a bottle of 2009 Pape Clement Blanc. After decanting it for 20 minutes, I...
Best California Wine Blends

A Dash of Spice in the Best California Wine Blends: How Petite Sirah is Transforming Napa Valley

The first time I tried a glass of Petite Sirah at a restaurant, I had no idea what was in store for my senses. Hearing the name “Petite Sirah” roll off the sommelier’s tongue conjured up images of tiny, delicate grapes, like a miniature version of the Rhone Syrah I knew so well. After one sniff and sip, I instantly realized my mistake; there ...