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Unicorn Wines: Sine Qua Non 1995 Queen of Hearts Was Never Meant to Be Sold At All

Few things will make you feel more privileged than drinking a wine that isn’t officially on the market. I once had the chance to try a homegrown wine that a friend of my family made purely for his own entertainment, and even though it was a bit syrupy, it had a ton of character, and I felt truly honored to be drinking it. Sine Qua Non’s 1995 Qu...
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Take Your Wine Hobby on Vacation: The Best Luxury Hotels for Wine Lovers and Serious Collectors

One of the best hotel experiences I ever had was when I stayed at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. While there, we dined at the hotel’s famous restaurant, D.O.C.G., and got the chance to sample some of its 500 Italian wines. There were dozens of wines on that list that I had never heard of before, and the sommelier on staff had that perfect combina...
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Where Are the Modern Wine-Loving Presidents? The Changing Drinking Habits of U.S. Presidents

Just five years after George Washington became the first president of the United States, he bought six pipes (that’s 756 gallons) of Madeira wine. To say that Washington was a wine enthusiast is probably the understatement of the last two centuries. Even before the Revolutionary War, wine played an important, underlying role in the U.S. among the...
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Burgundy Grand Cru Producers Team Up for 2016 Montrachet: How to Invest in This Hotly-Anticipated Wine

Having gone through a devastating spring frost and continued problems with premox, Burgundy needed some good news for a change, and it looks like it got it. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Burgundy’s low grape yields might actually produce one of the most legendary wines of this decade, which is excellent news for producers and collectors a...
How to Turn Your Wine Collecting Hobby into a Career

Going All-In: How to Turn Your Wine Collecting Hobby into a Career

Have you ever wanted a career in the wine industry? This lofty-sounding goal is more attainable than you might think. Take winemaker Michael Dashe. More than a decade ago, he was an abalone diver who had only a passing interest in wine. One day, winemaker Bob Roudon asked if he could trade some wine for Dashe’s abalone. Months later, Dashe began ...
Wine experts can help you prove wine provenance by comparing your bottles to authentic bottles they have tasted in the past. Photo Credit: Flickr CC user State of Israel

How to Protect Wine Provenance: A Step-by-Step Guide to Tracing Your Wine’s History

Collectors often assume that a wine’s provenance doesn’t matter once they’ve bought their bottles and stowed them away in their cellars. This might be true if they only plan on drinking the wine, but if they want to resell the bottle later, the wine’s provenance still has a long way to go. I’ve bought bottles that I thought I would drink ...
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Identifying Premature Oxidation in Wines: The Flaw That Has the White Burgundy Market in an Uproar

Wine collector Billy Grippo opened his first premox bottle about eight years ago, when he was out to dinner with friends. He brought along a fantastic Leflaive 2002 Chevalier-Montrachet that he thought would be incredible in its old age, but when he poured the first glass, it looked nothing like the rich, straw-colored liquid he loved. He says, “...
urban wines worth investment

Are Urban Wines Worth an Investment? Diversify Your Collection with Experimental Wines

The first time I set foot in an urban winery, I admit that I was pretty skeptical. I’m a fan of traditional winemaking practices, and most of the wineries located in the heart of major cities tend to buck tradition a bit–they aren’t regulated by the same AOC or AVA rules as they are in the country. However, when I tried some of these wine...