An example of Champagne Holiday Gifts

The Best Champagne Holiday Gifts for Every Person on Your List

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: -Salon -Moet & Chandon -Krug -Sine Qua Non -Veuve Clicquot -Bollinger -Pol Roger -Taittinger  Every year during the first week of December, I buy my best friend a bottle of Taittinger non-vintage Champagne, and we share it over homebaked Christmas desserts. One year, I decided to surprise her with a vintage bottle of Po...
Bordeaux from the Graves region like Liber Pater

Are Liber Pater Bordeaux Wines Worth Collecting? Only If You’re Loyal to the Graves Region

  MENTIONED IN THIS POST: -Lafleur -Petrus -Le Pin -Lafite-Rothschild -Haut-Brion -Latour  Over dinner one evening, I had an animated discussion with a group of wine-loving friends about which Bordeaux wines are overrated. None of us could agree on a producer; there was always at least one person in the group who loved a particular “overrat...
how to become a sommelier

How to Become a Sommelier (And Why You Should)

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: -Penfolds -DRC -Louis Jadot  Some wine enthusiasts believe that sommelier certification takes years to complete, and that it’s only useful for those who want a career in the wine industry. This isn’t necessarily true. Dedicated students can become a sommelier in as little as 24 weeks through the American Sommelier Assoc...
The Science of Wine Tasting might help you figure out what wine flavors you prefer.

Analyzing the Science of Wine Tasting: Does DNA Play a Role?

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: -Soldera -Hundred Acre -Lail -Huet -Guado al Tasso -Leroy -Chapoutier -Peter Michael -Cos d’Estournel -Hourglass -Schloss Johannisberger  What if scientists could pinpoint the perfect bottle of wine for your palate, based only on the genetic makeup of your DNA? A Silicon Valley technology company, Helix, claims that they ...
Buying a Bottle of Wine at a Restaurant

The Do’s and Don’ts of Buying a Bottle of Wine At a Restaurant

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: -Latour -Haut-Brion -Turley 2014  One of my friends has been a wine collector for 20 years; he owns at least a dozen bottles of fine Latour and Haut-Brion, and is immensely knowledgeable about the wine industry. Knowing how much experience he has with wine, you can imagine my surprise when I learned that he had never bought...
Tasting Wine from the Barrel

Your Comprehensive Guide to Tasting Wine from the Barrel

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: -Le Pin -Ogier -Alesia -Pine Ridge -Krupp Brothers -Ausone 2009 -Ausone 2016  My first barrel tasting experience was a massive success, in part because I had a knowledgeable mentor walking me through the process. The head winemaker was a close family friend, and he offered to take me and four of my relatives on a private ta...
Hybrid Wine Grapes

Do Hybrid Wine Grapes Have a Place in the Fine Wine Industry?

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: -1997 Millbrook Chardonnay -Raveneau -Beaux Freres  In the fine wine world, terroir is king. This is perhaps why hybrid wine grapes have earned such a sour reputation among top critics and collectors. Unlike sensitive vinifera grapes, which require very specific weather conditions and soil to thrive, hybrids can grow just a...
reading a french wine label

The Essential Guide to Reading a French Wine Label

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: -Chateau Margaux  -Chateau Ausone  -Chateau d’Yquem  -Maison Louis Jadot  -Domaine Henri Jayer  When I first started collecting wine, I assumed I knew everything about reading a French wine label. As long as I recognized words like “Chateauneuf du Pape,” “Grand Cru,” or “Margaux,” I thought that I coul...