DIY Wine Blending

DIY Wine Blending Helps You Discover the Flavors and Aromas You Love

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: -Clos des Papes -Clos St. Jean -Dalla Valle -2012 Beaucastel -2002 Dominus -2001 Haut-Brion Blanc  The Washington Post’s Kristen Hartke was a self-proclaimed “wine consumer, not a connoisseur.” She didn’t have an in-depth knowledge of the winemaking process–she didn’t even know which grapes make up the perfect bottle of Chateauneuf du…

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2009 Cos d’Estournel

Hidden Gem of the Month: 2009 Cos d’Estournel Is a Legendary, But Controversial, Wine

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: -Cos d’Estournel -2009 Cos d’Estournel -Harlan -Mouton-Rothschild  If you want to get a room full of shy wine enthusiasts to talk, just say the words, “2009 Cos d’Estournel.” I’ve seen collectors come close to fisticuffs over this seemingly unobtrusive vintage. This is the very definition of a polarizing wine; most collectors either…

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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 2005 Lafite-Rothschild, but trying these superb…

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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 Quarts de…

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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 sommeliers can actually identify wines from…

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