Wine Reputation

What Makes a Great Wine? The Kinds of Wine Reputation and When They Matter for Collectors

You’re invited to a wine tasting, and the host sets two glasses of wine in front of you. After tasting them, you find that both are of equal quality, and you can’t decide which you prefer. That’s when your host reveals the wines’ origins: one is from the reputable Napa Valley and costs $120, while the other is a $60 bottle from one of Chile...
Buy Wine Futures

Where Can I Buy Wine Futures or Pre-Arrivals?

Earlier this year, thousands of customers sued California wine retailer Premier Cru for allegedly running a Ponzi scheme. According to these collectors, Premier Cru sold them more than $60 million in French wine futures, but failed to deliver the bottles as promised. Lawyer Thomas Boothe says he lost $161,000 in investments on French wine futures, ...
how to authenticate wine

Will the Real Wine Please Stand Up? How to Authenticate Wine in Your Collection, Part One

What if you bought tens of thousands of dollars worth of wine at an auction, only to discover that a significant number of the bottles were fake? This is exactly what happened to one wine collector who bought dozens of bottles of decades-old Burgundy. The collector was curious whether all of the wines in the lot were real, so he invited over a few ...
which wine regions make the best wine to collect

Which Wine Regions Make the Best Wine to Collect?

Did you know that only 10 countries are responsible for making 80 percent of the world’s wine supply? That’s because grapes are a fickle fruit; to grow them, you need a climate with relatively little rain, the ideal amount of sunlight, and the perfect balance of fast-draining compounds in the soil. Knowing how difficult it is to grow grapes, it...
2005 Cheval Blanc

Hidden Gem of the Month: 2005 Cheval Blanc Offers the Best Wine Investment for Your Money

In the film Sideways, a character muses, “You know, the day you open a ‘61 Cheval Blanc…that’s the special occasion.” The main character in the film is obsessed with 1961 Cheval Blanc, and for good reason; in its best vintages, it’s one of the finest wines in the world. But the 2005 Cheval Blanc received even higher ratings than tha...
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Which Wine Varietals Are Best for Collecting?

The biggest mistake I ever made as a young, inexperienced wine drinker was when I chose to keep a bottle of Italian Dolcetto given to me on my 21st birthday by a cousin studying in Italy over the summer. I had no idea at the time that it wasn’t a wine worth cellaring, so I kept it in a cabinet for three years. When I finally opened the bottle, it...
Ranking Burgundy Wines

Ranking Burgundy Wines: What the New Cremant de Bourgogne Ranking System Means for Collectors

When you think of celebrating the holidays, you probably imagine crystal flutes of fine Champagne, but writer Eva Weirich dreams of Cremant de Bourgogne. Her family originally bought this famous sparkling Burgundy to cook with, and over time they’ve realized they enjoy drinking Cremant more than Champagne, especially during the holidays. She says...