The best Cyber Monday Wine Deals aren't always the cheapest

Navigating Cyber Monday Wine Deals: Make the Most out of the Sales

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: -Robert Mondavi -Aubert -2010 Margaux  A few years ago, I found an incredible Cyber Monday wine deal on two mixed cases of superb California Cabernet from a variety of different wineries, including Robert Mondavi and Aubert—I simply couldn’t pass up this opportunity. However, by the time my wine haul arrived on my doors...
Pickers during the Bordeaux 2017 Harvest

Analyzing the Bordeaux 2017 Harvest: Low Yields and Early Harvests Mark This Vintage

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: -Latour -Lafite-Rothschild -Lafleur -Petrus  The Bordeaux 2017 harvest was grueling for most wineries, to say the least. Even on Premier Cru estates, it took winemakers every ounce of effort to grow and pick a minuscule number of grapes by the end of the harvest season. In many terroirs, yields were down by an average of 41...
2005 LaFleur is one of the Best Bordeaux Blends in the history of the producer

Hidden Gem of the Month: 2005 LaFleur is the Best Bordeaux Blend for Patient Collectors

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: -DRC -Lafite-Rothschild -LaFleur -2005 LaFleur Renowned wine critic James Suckling is fortunate enough to sample some of the greatest wines in the world, from legendary DRC vintages to the rarest Lafite-Rothschild. So when a critic as experienced as Suckling calls a wine “mythic,” it certainly commands attention. Sucklin...
Champagne Holiday Gifts are a great festive choice

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 home-baked Christmas desserts. One year, I decided to surprise her with a vintage bottle of Pol...
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...