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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...
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...
2017 Bordeaux Frost

Analyzing the 2017 Bordeaux Frost: What Collectors Need to Know About Buying 2017 Bordeaux

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: -Ausone -Angelus -Cheval Blanc Close to one year after Burgundy’s devastating 2016 frost, Bordeaux went through an equally destructive cold snap that damaged up to 90 percent of the vines on some estates. On April 27, 2017, winemakers in most regions of Bordeaux awakened to temperatures as low as 24.8°F, cold enough to fr...
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 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...