2012 Colgin Cariad

Hidden Gem of the Month: 2012 Colgin Cariad Is a California Blend with Great Aging Potential

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: –Colgin Cellars –Abreu Vineyards  I’ve long been familiar with Colgin’s classic Cabernet Sauvignon, but recently, I’ve found a new love: Cariad. This is perhaps fitting since the name “Cariad” means “love” in Welsh. Full of intense tannin and layers of fruit, the proprietary Bordeaux-style blend from the Colgin estate is more…

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Best Wine Gifts for Mother's Day

The Best Wine Gifts for Mother’s Day: Find Your Champagne Now, Before Bottles Sell Out

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: -1995 Veuve Cliquot La Grande Dame -2002 Bollinger Extra Brut -2004 Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon Rosé -2000 Krug -2013 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon -2005 Raveneau -1996 Chateau d’Yquem -2013 Gaja Barbaresco -2007 Nicolas Catena Zapata -2014 Peay Chardonnay  If you’re stumped on Mother’s Day gifts this year, fine wine might…

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how to start a high-end wine collection

How to Start a High-End Wine Collection: The Best Fine Wines to Stock Your Cellar With

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: 2009 DRC Richebourg 2009 Leroy Vosne-Romanee 2011 Yquem 2009 Lafite-Rothschild 2006 Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon 2009 Harlan 2012 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Shafer Hillside Select 2010 Sine Qua Non Stockholm Syndrome 2010 Henschke Hill of Grace  Starting a high-end wine collection can not only be hugely enjoyable for a wine lover, as it introduces you to some of the…

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buying the best champagne

When It Comes to Buying the Best Champagne, Bigger Bubbles Might Be Better After All

My wine-loving uncle always told me that big Champagne bubbles were a bad sign. He’d say, “You might as well drink a bottle of cheap club soda.” However, researchers are now finding that when it comes to buying the best Champagne, bigger bubbles could be an important factor to consider. Physicist Gerard Liger-Belair recently discovered…

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wine market analysis 2016

Wine Market Analysis for October-December 2016: Good News for Bordeaux and Oregon Wine

As a collector, you’re always on the hunt for the next “it” wine, and we want to help you find it. We’ve discovered and compiled the most essential wine trends from the fall quarter that will keep you ahead of the game this year, and we’ve looked into what’s happening in the global wine market,…

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1928 mouton-rothschild

Unicorn Wines: 1928 Mouton-Rothschild Is an Ultra-Rare Legend That’s Almost Impossible to Find

The problem with legendary vintages that are more than 90 years old is not whether they’re worth investing in–they undoubtedly are–it’s that finding an authentic bottle becomes more and more difficult every year. A wine like 1928 Mouton-Rothschild combines rarity, old age, and quality, and it’s these factors that make it one of the greatest…

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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…

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Bordeaux 2016 vintage report

Bordeaux 2016 Vintage Report: Late Harvests and Intense Flavors Could Create a Legend

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: Chateau Petrus Chateau Lafleur Chateau l’Eglise Clinet  The words on nearly every collector’s lips this year are “2016 Bordeaux.” I haven’t seen collectors get this excited over a new Bordeaux vintage since the iconic 2009. During the past five years, many of my closest wine loving friends have complained that Bordeaux…

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