organizing your wine cellar

A New Year’s Resolution for Collectors: Organizing Your Wine Cellar to Get the Most Out of Your Collection

  Vinfolio Manager of Collector Services Derek Cienfuegos has seen his fair share of messy cellars. As a professional cellar organizer, Cienfuegos regularly meets wine collectors who already have three cellars packed full of wine, and are looking to invest in a fourth just to keep up with the bottles they’re buying. It’s easy for…

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sine qua non wine

Sine Qua Non Wine Is More Than Just Syrah: Why You Should Consider the Lighter Side of This Estate

  From its birth in 1994, Sine Qua Non has been a must-try cult winery. Robert Parker gave the young winery a boost when he awarded Krankl’s first-ever Sine Qua Non release a score of 95. At the time, this was the highest score any American Rhône blend had ever received. The estate’s immense popularity…

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light pinot noir

Fruit Bombs Fall Out of Favor As Classical-Style, Light Pinot Noir Takes Center Stage

  The ripe “fruit bomb” style of much Pinot Noir over the past 10 years has finally fallen out of favor in the United States. Colder regions like Alsace are growing more robust and richly-flavored Pinot Noir than ever as the weather in the region becomes hotter, yet this wine style is still losing ground…

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wine collecting

Wine Collecting with Sommeliers: Techniques for Finding the Perfect Bottle from Top Sommeliers

  When sommelier Tali Dalbaha proposed an idea to her partnered restaurant, City Winery, in New York, the restaurant owners weren’t sure at first whether she could pull it off. Dalbaha wanted to find all 61 bottles from the original 1855 Classification growths in Bordeaux, under the most sought-after 2010 vintage. She was one of…

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Bordeaux bubble

China’s Attempts to Avoid a Second Bordeaux Bubble: This Time, the Country Is Primed for Meaningful Change

  Bordeaux has enjoyed a long, prosperous history as France’s great wine region, but after 2011, wine collectors around the world were cautious of investing in the region’s bottles. The reason? In the early 2000s, Chinese wine enthusiasts became obsessed with all things Bordeaux, going from investing in an average of 12,000 hectoliters of wine…

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wine cellar organization

Take a Cue from “The World’s Greatest Wine Collector”: Find the Best Wine Cellar Organization System for You

When wine critic James Suckling gives you the title of “world’s greatest wine collector,” you know you are doing something right. Collector Henry Tang earned such a title when Suckling visited his personal cellar in 2013. Tang’s cellar was meticulously organized by each Burgundian producer in his extensive collection, which made it simple for Tang…

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champagne vs sparkling wine

Champagne vs Sparkling Wine: While Sparkling Wine Is Winning the Popularity Contest, Champagne Will Outlast Trends

  Champagne has been hailed as the king of wine for centuries, but over the past 10 years, it is slowly being replaced in popularity by sparkling wine from other regions. Sparkling wine sales in other countries have increased by 40 percent, selling about 2.3 billion bottles globally every year, compared to Champagne’s 3 million…

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piedmont wine

Navigating the Changing Trends of Piedmont Wine: Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, and Cabernet Sauvignon

  As one of the top two winegrowing regions in Italy, Piedmont stands out for its one-of-a-kind varietals, Nebbiolo and Dolcetto. What many collectors might not realize is that this region is cultivating a new era of classic wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, in addition to its traditional, regional-based offerings. To find the latest trends…

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counterfeit wine

Lessons in Avoiding Counterfeit Wine: Wine Frauds Seek Out Off-Vintages to Fool Collectors

In 1988, billionaire Bill Koch bought the wine of a lifetime: four pristine 1784 Lafite bottles owned by Thomas Jefferson himself. Koch paid wine collector Hardy Rodenstock nearly $500,000 for the privilege of owning a piece of wine history. In 2005, Koch submitted his bottles to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, but soon discovered…

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