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how to regift holiday wine

Unwanted Holiday Bottles: How to Repurpose or Regift Wine Now That the Holidays Are Over

As a wine enthusiast, I rarely get what I want when the holidays roll around. Most of the time, my well-meaning friends and family will get me a couple of wines from Trader Joe’s, or yet another corkscrew. By the beginning of January, I usually have a cabinet full of mass-produced California Cabernet (or worse, Merlot). Every year leaves me with ...
wine auction ethics

Wine Auction Ethics: Should You Sell Bottles with Flaws?

A few years back, I invested in a case of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that I hadn’t personally tried, thinking it would be as good as the previous New Zealand vintages I’d sampled. Later, I opened the first bottle and discovered that I absolutely hated it. The wine tasted flabby and dull, and I thought about selling off the rest of the case at ...
Wine Seller's Advice

When to Take a Wine Seller’s Advice, and When to Ignore It

In a recent post on the Wine Berserkers forum, one writer related the story of how he wanted to invest in some new rosé vintages for the summer, so he took a trip to his local shop. As he browsed through the aisles, one of the floor sales experts told him he should buy a particular Provence vintage. Even though the wine was pricier than most of th...
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What Is the Best Way to Ship Wine?

My first-ever online wine order was a disaster. One summer evening, while I was looking through my 28-bottle wine cooler, I saw that I was nearly out of drinkable red wines. On a whim, I decided to order a mixed case from a small online retailer, which included ready-to-drink bottles of Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, and California red blends. My or...
Wine Inheritance

What to Do with Your Wine When You Die: An Essential Guide to Passing on Your Wine Inheritance

Jason Preston, AAA, who is a Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America and who regularly appears as an appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, has handled plenty of wine inheritance cases in his career. One of the most memorable, he says, was when he was called in to appraise a wine collection in Bel-Air. The original cellar owner ha...
When you inherit a fine bottle of wine like Margaux, you need a great consignment service to legally sell your wine to the widest audience of Margaux fans. Photo Credit: Augustas Didžgalvis

Selling Wine on Consignment: Strategies for Staying Legal and Finding the Best Consignment Service

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: Beaux Freres Chateau Latour Tenuto San Guido  A few years ago, a Chowhound forum member faced a problem many collectors have when they suddenly inherit a huge wine collection: how to sell the bottles on consignment. The writer was brand new to wine, and had no clue what the wines that had been willed to him were worth on th...
traveling with wine

Traveling With Wine by Plane, Train, or Automobile: Get Your Wine Safely from Point A to Point B

A couple of years ago, I attended a huge summer tasting event at a Washington winery with two friends. One of my friends brought along a wheeled wine carrier, tucking each new bottle he bought into its own little cubby inside. My other friend lightheartedly teased him about his paranoia, joking that his wine carrier had more tools than a Swiss army...