Guide to Bordeaux Vintages

Your Guide to Bordeaux Vintages: How to Pick the Best Bordeaux Years for Your Collection

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: -Cos d’Estournel -Lafite-Rothschild -Latour -Mouton-Rothschild -Haut Brion -Petrus -Cheval Blanc -Angelus -Talbot -L’Evangile After spending nearly a week in France last year, I quickly learned which recent Bordeaux vintages were worth my time. I already knew which vintages critics loved best, like 2009 L’Evangile or 2...
Best New Wines to Buy

This Month in Your Cellar: Find the Best New Wines to Buy That Go Beyond the Trophy Wine Formula

  MENTIONED IN THIS POST: -DRC -Screaming Eagle -Lafite -Margaux -Liger-Belair -Yquem -Krug Critic Matt Kramer recently praised the “contrarian cellar” in his Drinking Out Loud op-ed. He thinks of a contrarian cellar as the opposite of what you’d normally see in a collection; instead of dust-covered bottles of DRC, you’ll find obscure ...
How to Blind Taste Wine Like a Sommelier

How to Blind Taste Wine Like a Sommelier: A Full List of Practice Wines Designed to Hone Your Palate

  MENTIONED IN THIS POST: -2015 Philippe Pacalet Moulin-a-Vent -2007 Santa Duc Grand Grenache 66 -2011 Teso La Monja Alabaster -Chateau Petrus -Joh Jos Prum -2013 Kumeu River Chardonnay Mate’s Vineyard -2009 Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fume Buisson Renard -Guigal  Over the past few years, naysayers have been skeptical over whether sommelie...
1982 Pichon Lalande

Hidden Gem of the Month: 1982 Pichon Lalande Is a Classic Bordeaux Blend to Uncork Today

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: -Pichon Lalande 1982 -Angelus -Latour When I asked my uncle to name his all-time favorite bottle of Bordeaux, his answer surprised me. “It’s 1982 Pichon Lalande, by far,” he said. Although he had uncorked other greats like Angelus and Latour, he loved the 1982 Pichon Lalande most of all. This vintage has a consistency ...
1941 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon

Unicorn Wine: 1941 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon Is a Legendary Cask That Could Be Too Rare to Drink

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: -Inglenook 2013 -Shafer  When I first started drinking and collecting wine, I was convinced that no bottle was too rare to drink. After all, wine was meant to be drunk. Sure, I might feel sheepish after opening a rare bottle, but I always believed that the pleasure of tasting that ultra rare wine for myself was well worth a...