Category Archives for Wine Regions

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...
AOC Wine Guidelines

Tension in Loire: What the Controversy over IGP and AOC Wine Guidelines Means for Collectors

This summer, Sancerre winemaker Jean-Jacques Auchere awoke one morning to find that almost 6,000 of his youngest IGP (Indication Géographique Protégée) Sauvignon Blanc vines had been ripped out of the earth at his estate, The Cabarette. Auchere told reporters that the ransacking, believed to be the work of vandals, has cost him at least $13,000 ...
French Wine Region marsannay

A Jack of All Trades: Marsannay Is the Ideal French Wine Region to Diversify Your Cellar

One common problem I see with many wine collections today is lack of diversity. It’s great to specialize in the wines you love, but a diverse cellar is fun to drink from, as well as being a good investment. I know a wine collector who only invested in Cabernet Sauvignon or red blends made primarily from Cabernet. He had some beautiful wines in hi...
2016 Bordeaux harvest

What Collectors Can Expect from the 2016 Bordeaux Harvest So Far

Deciding on a vintage’s quality before all of the grapes have been plucked from the vines can be a gamble. Years ago, when I first heard reports about Bordeaux’s 2012 grapes, I was ready to write the vintage off entirely; cold, wet spring weather resulted in uneven flowering, and by July, a massive heat wave caused a halt in grape development. ...
Sancerre and Chablis

Wine Siblings: Understand the Connection Between Sancerre and Chablis to Diversify Your Cellar

I think of Sancerre and Chablis as sisters from another mister. Sure, Chablis is technically Burgundy, just as Sancerre is technically Loire, but they have far more in common with each other than they do with any of their regional peers. The very first time I tried a bottle of Chablis, I did a double take. It was flinty and sharply acidic, without ...