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How Resveratrol Could Change Winemaking: Has the Golden Age of Sulfite Free Wines Arrived?

One of my best friends is a bold red wine fanatic; when I say he loves a rich Cabernet Sauvignon, I mean he will turn his nose up at any bottle of white wine or even Pinot Noir. His only love is Cabernet. But there’s a reason for his niche taste: he’s allergic to wine sulfites, which are added to nearly every bottle of wine on the market today,...
Bordeaux pre-arrivals and futures often take more than a year to ship to buyers due to complex shipment laws and prolonged bottle aging. Photo Credit: Wikimedia CC user Berndt Fernow

How Long Does It Take for Pre-Arrival Wines to Ship on Average?

When you buy a case of pre-arrival wines from a retailer, you probably don’t expect to wait six years for your wine bottles to arrive. That’s what happened to Wine Berserkers forum member Mike Wenzel, who bought pre-arrivals from the now-bankrupt California wine retailer Premier Cru. He explained on the forum that he bought a few bottles of...
When you inherit a fine bottle of wine like Margaux, you need a great consignment service to legally sell your wine to the widest audience of Margaux fans. Photo Credit: Augustas Didžgalvis

Selling Wine on Consignment: Strategies for Staying Legal and Finding the Best Consignment Service

A few years ago, a Chowhound forum member faced a problem many collectors have when they suddenly inherit a huge wine collection: how to sell the bottles on consignment. The writer was brand new to wine, and had no clue what the wines that had been willed to him were worth on the market. “I don’t have the space for it, unfortunately, so I need ...
Wine auctions around the world, such as this one in Germany, attract hundreds of bidders, making it difficult for collectors to buy lauded wines at a fair price. Photo Credit: Tomas er

How Much Do Wine Auctions Charge Collectors in Fees, and Should I Buy Wine from Auctions?

Buying or selling wine at an auction isn’t a decision to make lightly; although most auctions are staffed by knowledgeable experts who check bottles for authenticity, there’s still a risk when you buy or sell wine at auctions. For starters, many of Rudy Kurniawan’s wines were sold through auction houses, which is one reason he got away with s...
When you leave your bottles randomly stacked around your house, it’s difficult to know how many bottles you own until you see them all in one place. This is why organization is important for beginning wine collectors hoping to get serious about wine. Photo Credit: Flickr CC user Stewart Butterfield

Building a Meaningful Wine Collection as You Transition from Casual to Serious Collector

An acquaintance of mine adored wine, but for some reason, he hated calling himself a “serious” wine collector. When he imagined a serious wine collector, he envisioned stuffy, wealthy elitists who own thousands of bottles in their enormous home cellars and read nothing but Liv-ex reports and Wine Spectator reviews in their down time. Even as he...
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Where Are All the Female Wine Collectors? Gender Disparities Continue to Haunt the Wine World

Wine collector Martha Welch grew up around some of the finest wines in the world, from Margaux to Petrus. As a young girl, she watched her father’s wine collection grow, but she had little interest in being a serious collector herself. All of that changed when her brother introduced her to California cult wines a few years ago. Welch became a mem...