2011 pierre overnoy

Unicorn Wines: 2011 Pierre Overnoy Poulsard Arbois Pupillin Is a Unique Wine from an Overlooked Region

When I talk about unicorn wines with my fellow Burgundy and Jura enthusiasts, a name I often hear on their lips is that of a tiny biodynamic estate in the heart of Jura called Pierre Overnoy. What makes wines from this estate so irresistible to collectors is that it is one of the best in the region, and it’s also almost impossible to find in the ...
best order to serve wine at a party

What Is the Best Order to Serve Wine at a Party?

When you have vintage Krug, Screaming Eagle Cabernet, and Angelus Grand Cru on the menu, you need to give these special wines plenty of space to impress your guests (and yourself). If you serve the Screaming Eagle first, the wine’s robust, juicy flavors will overpower your palate, eclipsing the lighter flavors found in the Krug. Hosting a wine ta...
2013 Morlet Family Force de la Nature

Hidden Gem of the Month: 2013 Morlet Family Force de la Nature Is Cabernet Franc at Its Best

When you think of a Napa Valley cult wine, you probably picture a rich, fruit-forward glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. However, some of the best cult wines of the moment are in fact made from California’s lesser-known Cabernet Franc, a relatively uncommon varietal that’s only been gaining traction on the wine market over the past five years. The Mo...
1928 mouton-rothschild

Unicorn Wines: 1928 Mouton-Rothschild Is an Ultra-Rare Legend That’s Almost Impossible to Find

The problem with legendary vintages that are more than 90 years old is not whether they’re worth investing in–they undoubtedly are–it’s that finding an authentic bottle becomes more and more difficult every year. A wine like 1928 Mouton-Rothschild combines rarity, old age, and quality, and it’s these factors that make it one of th...
inexpensive wine changing the European market

Are Wine Imports Bad for Old World Wines? How Inexpensive Wine Is Changing the European Market

Last spring, a group of French winemakers hijacked five tankers carrying gallons of cheap Spanish wine. They forced the tankers to the side of the road, turned on the their taps one by one, and dumped tens of thousands of liters of generic red wine into the streets. The hijackers destroyed the wine because they believe that there is unfair competit...
2017 wine trend

2017 Wine Trend Report: Burgundy Lovers Look to Loire Reds and Whites to Tide Them Over

One of my acquaintances invests in white Burgundy every year, even in times of hardship for the region. I recently asked what he thought of Burgundy’s low 2016 yields, and he said, “I have a feeling my favorites will be hard to find…I’m thinking about buying more Loire instead.” He isn’t alone; Loire Valley is emerging as an unexpec...
how to taste polarizing wines

How to Taste Polarizing Wines: Finding Unique and Funky Wines That Suit Your Palate

In 2009, a collector tried a delicious aged bottle of Cayuse from Washington, and immediately signed up for the mailing list. Years later, he finally cleared the list, but his excitement was short-lived. After buying two bottles of 7-year-old Armada and God Only Knows, he found their funky, earthy flavors far too overpowering. The collector could t...
Bordeaux 2016 vintage report

Bordeaux 2016 Vintage Report: Late Harvests and Intense Flavors Could Create a Legend

The words on nearly every collector’s lips this year are “2016 Bordeaux.” I haven’t seen collectors get this excited over a new Bordeaux vintage since the iconic 2009. During the past five years, many of my closest wine loving friends have complained that Bordeaux has become overpriced, and lacks the refinement of earlier vintages. Now that...
reviews of counterfeit wines

Identifying Reviews of Counterfeit Wines: Do We Really Know What Older, Classic Vintages Taste Like?

Like a stone thrown into a pond, the ripples of wine fraud impact more than just one collector’s cellar. What happens when a professional wine reviewer can’t tell a fake bottle from a real one by taste? Collectors rely on professional reviews for accuracy, but when these reviews are compromised by fraud, it’s virtually impossible to know what...