Category Archives for Wine Regions

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 ...
Best California Wine Blends

A Dash of Spice in the Best California Wine Blends: How Petite Sirah is Transforming Napa Valley

The first time I tried a glass of Petite Sirah at a restaurant, I had no idea what was in store for my senses. Hearing the name “Petite Sirah” roll off the sommelier’s tongue conjured up images of tiny, delicate grapes, like a miniature version of the Rhone Syrah I knew so well. After one sniff and sip, I instantly realized my mistake; there ...
Top Wine Countries in the World

Lesser-Known Regions from the Top Wine Countries in the World Are Growing Fast in Reputation and Quality

When you think of French wine, you probably picture bubbly Champagne, savory Rhone, or rare Bordeaux and Burgundy blends. However, writer Sophia Schweitzer points out that France has so much more going on for it, all hidden in the countrysides of lesser-known regions. In the past, collectors only considered French AOC wines to be worth buying, but ...
2015 Bordeaux Wine Trends

Change Is in the Air in Bordeaux: 2015 Bordeaux Wine Trends Offer Lessons for Collectors

Over the past decade, Bordeaux has seen some of the most extreme ups and downs in the history of wine. Coming off a high note in 2000, when wines received excellent scores and were the most expensive in Bordeaux’s history, critics had high hopes for Bordeaux in the new millennium. However, their hopes were dashed when the 2002 Bordeaux turned out...
Wine Inheritance Tax

In France, Inheritance Is a Privilege, Not a Right: What the Wine Inheritance Tax Means for Estates

In the 1930s and 1940s, French winemaking families could easily pay off even the steepest wine inheritance tax within one harvest season. Today, paying off inheritance taxes on vineyards can take 10 years or more on family-run estates. Domaine Armand Rousseau’s Eric Rousseau explains, “It’s even more crippling for domaines that have difficult...