Penfolds 2004 Block 42

Unicorn Wine: Penfolds 2004 Block 42 Ampoule Is a Luxury Cabernet Designed for True Connoisseurs

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: -Penfolds -2005 Penfolds Grange -Domaine de la Romanee Conti -2010 Lafite Rothschild  While all unicorn wines are rare, not all of them are expensive; Penfolds 2004 Block 42 is both. In 2012, this wine sold for $168,000 per bottle, which at the time made it the most expensive wine sold directly from the winery in the world....
Invest in Wine Futures

How to Invest in Wine Futures and Pre-Arrivals: How Futures and Pre-Arrivals Work and How to Buy Safely

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: -Margaux 2009 -Haut-Brion 2010 -Leoville Las Cases 2010 -Lafite -Verite La Muse 2001 -Ausone  If you’re serious about wine collecting, chances are that you will invest in wine futures or pre-arrivals at least once. That’s because futures and pre-arrivals often offer the best prices on bottles, and you can secure your wi...
2016 bordeaux en primeur

What to Expect from 2016 Bordeaux En Primeur: Quality, Scores, and Pricing Factors for 2016 Futures

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: –Chateau Mission Haut-Brion –Chateau Mouton Rothschild –Chateau Lafite Rothschild  By Beth Cash It’s one big party in Bordeaux right now; 2016 en primeur has kicked off and consumers are eagerly awaiting critics’ scores and perhaps not-so-eagerly awaiting en primeur price tags. With the largest harvest...
Best Wine Aerators and decanters

What Are the Best Wine Aerators and Decanters? Types of Aerators and Decanters and When to Use Them

A few weeks ago, I opened a bottle of California Zinfandel and found the wine as dull as nails. Since this is a vintage that a good friend raved about, I decided to give it another shot, this time pouring it through my handheld wine aerator. Within moments, the bland Zinfandel transformed into a heady bouquet of flowers and rich red fruit; I could ...
2012 Colgin Cariad

Hidden Gem of the Month: 2012 Colgin Cariad Is a California Blend with Great Aging Potential

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: –Colgin Cellars –Abreu Vineyards  I’ve long been familiar with Colgin’s classic Cabernet Sauvignon, but recently, I’ve found a new love: Cariad. This is perhaps fitting since the name “Cariad” means “love” in Welsh. Full of intense tannin and layers of fruit, the proprietary Bordeaux-style blend fr...