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The Mentzelopoulos Era: Chateau Margaux Restored

  An old man I once spoke to in the beautiful, ancient village of Margaux told me that the Greek owner of Chateau Margaux, André Mentzelopoulos, had been captivated by the Ionic columns of the building at the Chateau because they reminded him of his homeland. Whatever the cause of his fascination, the Greek entrepreneur would be a crucial figure in the unusual story of Chateau Margaux’s restoration and rise into the ranks of the most respected wineries in the

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Part 1: Beyond Barossa – The Past and Future of Australian Shiraz

  I was on a cruise passing near the Arctic circle when I first tried Australian Shiraz, and I have to say it has remained one of my favorite reds; it made a perfect pairing with the midnight sun. I particularly enjoy blends of Shiraz with a touch of Viognier, something Australians do as well as the French. The 2009 Hillbille Signature James Brittain Shiraz-Viognier from Blackwood Valley is my absolute favorite. Australian Shiraz is a full-bodied wine with a

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Want to Know What the Next “It” Napa Valley Wine Will Be? Watch the Auction

  Once upon a time, snapping up Bordeaux futures and cases of esteemed Burgundies like Domaine de la Romanée-Conti was all the strategy a wine collector needed. But times have changed. For the past few seasons, buying Bordeaux en primeur hasn’t paid off for many investors. Great Burgundies with impeccable pedigree — like DRC — have been harder to acquire, and skilled wine forgeries have made high-end wine investment less certain. Of course, there’s no such thing as a sure

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Vinfolio Interviews Dustin Wilson, Wine Director at Eleven Madison Park, NYC

  The elite NY restaurant Eleven Madison Park only opened in 1998, but its accolades include four stars from the New York Times, three stars from Michelin Guide, five stars from Forbes Travel Guide, and a Five Diamond Review from AAA. S. Pellegrino also ranked the restaurant one of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Wine Spectator gave the restaurant their Grand Award, and the restaurant has been listed in Les Grandes Tables du Monde. Eleven Madison Park’s globally-recognized executive chef,

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The Ultimate Guide to Collecting Bordeaux

  In the world of wine, some things never change. The critics’ collective opinion of the best Bordeaux wines, which was established over 150 years ago, remains largely unchanged today. In 1855, during an international exhibition in Paris, the best Bordeaux wines were classified into categories. Among the wines distinguished were: Château Haut-Brion, Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Latour, Château Margaux, and Château Mouton Rothschild. Today, even an average vintage of these Premier Crus is highly sought after and will cost a

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Understanding Price: Behind The World’s Most Expensive Wines

  Sometimes wines of the same vintage and varietal can vary significantly in price. This leads even collectors to ask: what determines a wine’s price? What is the difference between a $30 Pinot Noir from California and a $2000+ Pinot Noir from Burgundy? What makes a wine special enough to be worth $10,000? For collectors, understanding the logic behind wine pricing can help them determine which wines are truly worth investing in. After wine has spent some time maturing, some


For the Best Burgundy Wines, 2015 is the Time for Collecting

  The French countryside has that je ne sais quoi. The romanticism of Flaubert novels and Eric Rohmer films is still very much alive in the sunny meadows, flowery gardens, rolling hills, and charming chateaus that adorn the landscape. If you consider the price of a hectare of vineyards in the region of La Bourgogne, there is a hefty sum to pay for such bucolic beauty. Over the last five years, the average hectare of top regional vineyards has gone


Italy’s Finest: The Top 5 Collectible Brunello di Montalcino

  Brunello di Montalcino has the longest aging requirement of all Italian wines. With a spectacular performance at international auctions and some excellent recent vintages, it has become one of the most coveted wines for collectors. Auctions have lately seen a lot of interesting Brunello action; a 1964 Biondi Santi Tenuta il Greppo Riserva sold for 14,000 Euros, the highest price ever paid for an Italian wine. The hype is well-deserved. Brunello, which means “little dark one,” is not an

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Oenology Uncorked: 5 Events That Changed the History of Wine

Growing wine is a long and subtle process. Soil conditions improve, vines tendril around a trellis as grapes bloom over the course of a year and are cultivated into vintages. The reputations of wineries develop over decades. Fittingly, in the wine world history changes in sips, not dramatic gulps — most of the time, anyway. Sometimes, there are events that change everything we knew. Here are five events that altered the history of wine in ways we are still feeling


Tips for Successful Wine Shipping

Now that spring is finally starting to arrive, it’s the perfect time to ship wine!  Vinfolio’s standard of shipping is to use a weather check to make sure your wine ships when the temperatures are ideal. This system is linked directly to and checks to make sure that the points of origin and destination have temperatures that fall between 20°F – 75°F, and will automatically put a hold on your shipment if the weather is outside of those temperature parameters, attempting delivery