how high should I fill a wine glass

How High Should I Fill a Wine Glass?

The summer after I graduated from high school, I stayed at my grandmother’s house for a few weeks to help her with a gardening project. After a long day of digging in the dirt, she’d usually relax on the couch with her knitting and a chilled glass of Robert Mondavi Chardonnay. One evening, her foot was hurting her, so she asked me if I could go...
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...
how to taste polarizing wines

How to Taste Polarizing Wines: Finding Unique and Funky Wines That Suit Your Palate

In 2009, a collector tried a delicious aged bottle of Cayuse from Washington, and immediately signed up for the mailing list. Years later, he finally cleared the list, but his excitement was short-lived. After buying two bottles of 7-year-old Armada and God Only Knows, he found their funky, earthy flavors far too overpowering. The collector could t...
best place to store open wine

Is a Refrigerator the Best Place to Store Open Wine Bottles?

My grandmother always told me that I should never keep open Champagne overnight. When I got older, I decided to test this theory. Early one evening, I got more than halfway through a bottle of Moet & Chandon (don’t ask me why I opened it knowing I wouldn’t finish it) and since I didn’t want to dump the remaining bottle, I sealed it tightl...
which wines should I decant

Which Wines Should I Decant, and For How Long?

I have an ornate glass wine decanter that sits in the center of my kitchen table at all times, like a permanent decoration–it never leaves its spot unless I’m cleaning it. I’m strict about keeping it on the table because nearly all of the wines that I drink taste better with a little aeration, and it’s easy to forget this important step...
reviews of counterfeit wines

Identifying Reviews of Counterfeit Wines: Do We Really Know What Older, Classic Vintages Taste Like?

Like a stone thrown into a pond, the ripples of wine fraud impact more than just one collector’s cellar. What happens when a professional wine reviewer can’t tell a fake bottle from a real one by taste? Collectors rely on professional reviews for accuracy, but when these reviews are compromised by fraud, it’s virtually impossible to know what...
how to get out of a wine rut

Stumped on New Wines to Try? Here’s How to Get Out of a Wine Rut

It happens to me all the time: I get obsessed with a new varietal, and I buy so much of it that I dig myself into a wine rut. That succulent Australian Syrah I tried last year might put me down the path of Mollydooker, then Torbreck, then Penfolds, and before I realize what’s happening, my cellar is fit to burst with Syrah. I’ll drink the same ...