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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...
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...
how to get out of a wine rut

Stumped on New Wines to Try? Here’s How to Get Out of a Wine Rut

It happens to me all the time: I get obsessed with a new varietal, and I buy so much of it that I dig myself into a wine rut. That succulent Australian Syrah I tried last year might put me down the path of Mollydooker, then Torbreck, then Penfolds, and before I realize what’s happening, my cellar is fit to burst with Syrah. I’ll drink the same ...
2013 realm cabernet sauvignon

Hidden Gem of the Month: 2013 Realm Cabernet Sauvignon Is a Wine to Be Savored for Years

Some of us don’t have the time nor patience to wait for a wine to mature by 2045. If you’re the type of collector who wants a wine that will last, but that you can still safely drink in its youthful vigor now, 2013 Realm Cabernet Sauvignon from the Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard is a great choice. Whenever I drink a fine Bordeaux blend, I’m w...
ethics of wine reviews

Should Wine Critics Rate a Corked Wine? The Ethics of Wine Reviews

Wine seller John Kapon recently reviewed two DRC jeroboams, giving the 1999 vintage a high score of 96. There was just one problem: the wine was corked. Kapon admitted this in his review, but claimed he could taste around the flaw. He wrote, “The quality of the raw materials was clear, present, and dangerous.” But can a reviewer actually taste ...
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 ...
bought a bad wine at auction

So You Bought a Bad Wine at Auction? Here’s What You Can Do

A year ago, I was having dinner at one of my favorite wine bars in town when I noticed that the owner looked a little morose. I’d known him for two years, and he was usually boisterous and optimistic–that night, he seemed distracted and cranky. I asked him how he was doing, and he said, “I’ve been on the phone with an auction house all ...