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...
Good Wine with High Alcohol Content

How to Collect Good Wine with High Alcohol Content

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: -2009 Dal Forno Amarone -2011 Beaucastel -2009 Alvaro Palacios -1977 Dolamore -2005 Cheval Blanc  If you’re just getting started as a wine collector, you might have noticed that wine critics and other enthusiasts rarely, if ever, talk about wine’s intoxicating effects. They’ll praise a wine’s soft fruit, residual su...
wildfires in california wine country

Wildfires in California Wine Country: What Collectors Need to Know About the 2017 Fires

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: -Sine Qua Non -2005 Ojai Syrah Melville Vineyards  -2005 Jonata El Desafio de Jonata  This July, a massive wildfire scorched through hectares of riverbeds and grapevines along the edge of North Canyon Vineyard in southern California. Winemakers at the neighboring Bien Nacido Vineyards feared that the fire would make its wa...
Millennial Wine Drinkers

Why Millennial Wine Drinkers Need More Space to Store Their Bottles

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: -Taittinger -Rhys  Wine seller Tom Natan recently noticed a major difference between millennial wine drinkers and older generations: millennials usually buy far more wine, and in greater variety, than their older peers. Over the past few years, he’s seen young wine enthusiasts order case after case of mixed wine from ever...