Category Archives for Wine Regions

best austrian wines

Not Just Sweet, They’re Diverse and Collectible: Giving the Best Austrian Wines a Second Chance

Last summer, I went to a restaurant renowned for its expansive white wine list. I decided to try a flight of German Riesling, and the wines were exactly as I expected–full of life and minerality. When I told the sommelier this, he asked, “Have you ever had Weingut Gesellmann from Austria?” I told him I hadn’t, and he immediately poured ...
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...
invest in single-varietal wines or blends

New World-Style Wine Versus Old World: Should You Invest in Single-Varietal Wines or Blends?

Two years ago, at a wine bar’s tasting event, I sat next to a man who described himself as “a proud California Cabernet nutter,” and who drank New World wines almost exclusively. We tasted an Oregon Pinot Noir that he seemed to enjoy, but when the host brought out a bottle of Bordeaux, the man looked puzzled. He asked to see the bottle, turni...
2016 montrachet

Burgundy Grand Cru Producers Team Up for 2016 Montrachet: How to Invest in This Hotly-Anticipated Wine

Having gone through a devastating spring frost and continued problems with premox, Burgundy needed some good news for a change, and it looks like it got it. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Burgundy’s low grape yields might actually produce one of the most legendary wines of this decade, which is excellent news for producers and collectors a...
collectible high-end argentinian malbec

Why We’re Seeing More Collectible High-End Argentinian Malbec and How to Invest in It

Early in my career, if you told me that I’d one day be buying up Argentinian Malbec by the case full, I’d have assumed you’d gone mad. Many of the Malbecs I’ve tried have managed to be both bold and bland all at once, with jammy fruit and no complexity. However, recent years have changed everything for me. I have found dozens of bottles of ...
forgotten italian wine regions

Forgotten Italian Wine Regions That Deserve a Comeback

When my ancestors moved from Italy to the United States decades ago, they did so in turmoil: phylloxera had taken over their vineyards and destroyed the grapevines they worked so hard to cultivate. They were forced to abandon their vines and make a new life in the United States as orchardists. Unfortunately, the small village of Aprigliano (where t...