En Primeur Wine

What Is En Primeur Wine?

In 2006, Master of Wine Susan McCraith decided to put the en primeur system to the test to find out whether collectors should invest in wine before it’s been bottled. She pre-ordered six magnums of Feytit Clinet and 12 magnums of Chateau Jonqueyres while they were still in the barrel, spending about $383 on the Feytit Clinet, and about $155 on th...
2015 Bordeaux Wine Trends

Change Is in the Air in Bordeaux: 2015 Bordeaux Wine Trends Offer Lessons for Collectors

Over the past decade, Bordeaux has seen some of the most extreme ups and downs in the history of wine. Coming off a high note in 2000, when wines received excellent scores and were the most expensive in Bordeaux’s history, critics had high hopes for Bordeaux in the new millennium. However, their hopes were dashed when the 2002 Bordeaux turned out...
What is a Wine Negociant

What is a Wine Negociant?

For decades, wine negociants have had a nasty reputation in the wine world, yet this reputation is undeserved. Jancis Robinson explains, “The old cliché that merchants, negociants in French, are all baddies and growers are all goodies is now well and truly out of date.” Negociants are merchants who buy grapes, juice, or finished wine from gro...
Write Wine Reviews

Tasting Notes for Friends: Write Wine Reviews on Social Media to Grow Your Network and Knowledge Base

With millions of online users posting content from all over the world, you might worry that your own lone voice doesn’t matter. However, studies have shown that even a handful of wine bloggers can have a meaningful impact on the wine market. A few years ago, South African winery Stormhoek wanted to step up its social media game, so they decided t...
Wine Fridge or Wine Cellar

Wine Fridge or Wine Cellar? Don’t Get Stuck with Storage That Doesn’t Suit Your Needs

Famous wine writer Lettie Teague has seen some incredible wine cellars in her lifetime, some of which featured ornate chandeliers, expensive paintings, and detailed marble statues. She says, “Wine in these cellars isn’t so much consumed as it is revered. I don’t have one of those cellars. In fact, I don’t really have a cellar at all. My win...
Wine Inheritance

What to Do with Your Wine When You Die: An Essential Guide to Passing on Your Wine Inheritance

Jason Preston, AAA, who is a Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America and who regularly appears as an appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, has handled plenty of wine inheritance cases in his career. One of the most memorable, he says, was when he was called in to appraise a wine collection in Bel-Air. The original cellar owner ha...
Wine Vibration Effects

Not-So-Good Vibrations: Choosing Wine Storage Solutions That Prevent Wine Vibration Effects

A wine collector who lived close to the New York City subway system was terrified for the safety of her wines; whenever the trains would roll by, she could see her bottles rattling in their holders. Everything else about her cellar was perfect, down to the temperature and humidity, but she wasn’t sure how well her bottles would hold up under thes...
Books for Wine Lovers

Must-Read Books for Wine Lovers Offer Advice and Insight for Collectors of All Experience Levels

We’ve written about the importance of wine education on this blog before, including a list of the best classes you can take to become a serious collector, but you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on formal classes to learn everything you need to know about wine. When you read these books for wine lovers, you supplement your real-life ex...