managing your wine allocations mailing list

Stay on Your Favorite Winery’s Mailing List: Keeping and Managing Your Wine Allocations

So you finally get on allocations lists for two of your favorite California wineries, but when your wine options arrive, you discover that you don’t love every wine on the list. What do you do? This exact situation happened to a Chowhound forum writer, who says that he signed up for Rhys’ and Dirty &…

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cote-rotie syrah

Hidden Gem of the Month: 2012 Jamet Côte-Rôtie Syrah Brings Densely Complex Flavors to the Table

This past summer, I was fortunate enough to attend a wine event offering samples of some incredible Rhône wines, including a number of Syrah vintages. As one might expect, most of the wines that I tried were heavy in new oak flavors, brimming with intense earthiness. While these wines were delicious, by the end of…

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full service wine storage

Are You a Self-Storage or Full-Service Wine Collector? Your Answer Is More Important Than You Think

In GQ, Alan Richman tells a fascinating story about his friend, who he simply calls “The Collector.” The Collector has an expansive wine cellar filled with more than 2,000 of the finest wines on the market, enough to make any wine collector’s mouth water. One day, The Collector suddenly sold off 90 percent of his…

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wine futures

Wine Futures vs. Pre-Arrivals: Knowing the Difference Takes the Stress out of Wine Presales

  You’re likely familiar with the phrases “Bordeaux futures” and “Burgundy pre-arrivals,” but do you know what these terms actually mean? Even well-educated wine collectors mistakenly assume that futures and pre-arrivals are the same thing. In reality, while both terms refer to buying wines “en primeur,” they represent two distinct styles of presales. The goal…

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wine investments

Liv-Ex Reveals What’s Hot on the Wine Market: For Wine Investments, Look to California, Italy, and Burgundy

  Now that 2015 has come to a close, the London International Vintner’s Exchange (Liv-ex) has released its annual report detailing the best-performing wines and wine regions in the world. This year’s report suggests that Bordeaux has lost some of its hold on the market over the past year, but that other regions like California,…

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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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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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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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wine fraud

A Lesson from Kurniawan: Wine Fraud and Why In-Person Auctions Aren’t the Best Choice

With wine fraud, it’s difficult to know how widespread the problem is until major collectors like Bill Koch become its victims. The wine industry brings in about $300 billion per year in revenue, but experts believe that hundreds of thousands of dollars in profits are made exclusively on fake or mislabeled wine. A recent study…

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