Top Wine Countries in the World

Lesser-Known Regions from the Top Wine Countries in the World Are Growing Fast in Reputation and Quality

When you think of French wine, you probably picture bubbly Champagne, savory Rhone, or rare Bordeaux and Burgundy blends. However, writer Sophia Schweitzer points out that France has so much more going on for it, all hidden in the countrysides of lesser-known regions. In the past, collectors only considered French AOC wines to be worth buying, but ...
Vinfolio wine bottle sizes

Wine Bottle Sizes from Magnum to Melchizedek: When Should Collectors Give Large Format Bottles a Try?

Portland-based collector Dave Smith used to be the proud owner of an almost mythical Melchizedek Champagne bottle, which held a whopping 30 liters of wine. Only 20 of these large-format bottles are made every year, so you can imagine Smith’s shock and disappointment when, one day, his Melchizedek exploded. No one knows for sure why Smith’s bott...
Camping with Wine

Expertly Camping with Wine: Keep Your Wine Safe and Cool and Don’t Forget the Corkscrew

You never want to be stuck with a wine bottle you can’t open, especially when you’re in the middle of the woods. I know a wine enthusiast who once took a spontaneous weekend trip with friends to a campsite hours away from his home. He brought along a couple bottles of Merlot, thinking he’d relax by the lake and leisurely sip on wine all weeke...
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...