Learning how to taste wine takes practice

How to Taste Wine: The Ultimate Guide to Improving Your Palate for Fine Wine

A single wine can dramatically change in flavor and bouquet as the years wear on and you develop your palate. The first time you try 2010 Château Lafite, you might only taste and smell wine. But as your palate matures, you’ll learn to find more notes, like the scent of oyster that made this estate famous, or the strong black tea flavor hidden in the wine’s layers. If you train your palate well enough, you might even spot the elusive violet top note that the most experienced enthusiasts struggle to find. Learning how to taste wine requires patience and consistent practice, but it will ultimately make your collection more refined and your experiences with wine more enjoyable.

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Invest in Wine Futures

How to Invest in Wine Futures and Pre-Arrivals: How Futures and Pre-Arrivals Work and How to Buy Safely

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: -Margaux 2009 -Haut-Brion 2010 -Leoville Las Cases 2010 -Lafite -Verite La Muse 2001 -Ausone  If you’re serious about wine collecting, chances are that you will invest in wine futures or pre-arrivals at least once. That’s because futures and pre-arrivals often offer the best prices on bottles, and you can secure your…

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2016 bordeaux en primeur

What to Expect from 2016 Bordeaux En Primeur: Quality, Scores, and Pricing Factors for 2016 Futures

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: –Chateau Mission Haut-Brion –Chateau Mouton Rothschild –Chateau Lafite Rothschild  By Beth Cash It’s one big party in Bordeaux right now; 2016 en primeur has kicked off and consumers are eagerly awaiting critics’ scores and perhaps not-so-eagerly awaiting en primeur price tags. With the largest harvest in over a decade, and with…

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gifting wine ideas

Gifting Wine Ideas: A Guide to the Perfect Wine Gift for Every Wine Lover

 MENTIONED IN THIS  POST: –DRC –Chateau Angelus –Tenuta Dell’Ornellaia –Azienda Agricola Argiano –Pol Roger –Robert Mondavi Winery –Chateau d’Yquem –Domaine Leroy –Screaming Eagle  When you choose the right vintage, wine is the best gift for nearly any occasion because you can customize the varietal, region, and vintage to match the giftee’s taste and personality. The…

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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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wine market analysis 2017

Wine Market Analysis for January-March 2017: Early Reports on Bordeaux and Good News in Napa

MENTIONED IN THIS POST: -Screaming Eagle -Opus One -Petrus -DRC -Mouton Rothschild -Chateau Lafite -Chateau Palmer  A new year means an exciting new wine vintage. If you’re looking for the best investments for your portfolio, or you’re wondering what to sell, we have you covered with our latest wine market analysis. We’ve compiled up-to-the-minute data…

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