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The Best-Performing Wine Investments That Should Be On Your Radar

Buy low, sell high—that’s the dream of any investor. In the world of wine, the value of a carefully chosen vintage can increase exponentially as the wine matures. Savvy wine investors also know to monitor critical market trends—especially performance metrics—to make the most of a good investment.

Let’s take a look at the current best-performing wine investments to determine which wine regions to add to your watchlist. Then we can examine a few considerations to keep in mind when buying and selling investment-grade wines.

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Best Wine to Serve With Lobster: Fine Dining Pairings

For discerning epicureans, a poor food and wine pairing can be very disappointing, especially when it comes to a sumptuous dish like lobster. However, finding the perfect wine to serve with lobster isn’t always easy. With a little preparatory research and planning, though, you can avoid an otherwise unsavory process of trial and error. Below, we’ll discuss the basics of pairing wine and lobster dishes and share a few prime recommendations.

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How To Start Investing In Wine: Here’s Where You Should Start

Are you ready to take your love of fine wines to the next level and start investing in wine? Perhaps you’ve been enjoying wine for years, and while you know that investing takes more forethought than collecting wine, you’re ready to take the first step. By learning to make smart wine investments now, you’ll be able to realize greater profits in the future. The more you know, after all, the smarter your investment choices will be.

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Casanova Di Neri: A Modern Expression of Viticulture

It all began in 1971 with a passion and a purpose. Giovanni Neri, in search of the perfect vineyard, purchased a large estate in Montalcino. Seven years (and three additional land purchases) later, the first Brunello harvest marked the beginning of an era of excellence—one that is not expected to conclude anytime soon. Casanova de Neri swiftly built a reputation as one of the best wineries in the region—high praise indeed for vintners hailing from Tuscany.

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What Are Ex-Château Wines?

How much would you pay for a bottle of 1995 Latour? If I told you that the bottle had remained at the Latour estate since it was bottled nearly two decades ago, would you be willing to pay more for it than a bottle that had passed through dozens of hands?

In 2013, collectors had to make this exact choice after Latour decided to drop out of en-primeur sales altogether and sell off older wines from 1995 instead. Latour held onto the 1995 bottles, waiting until they reached peak drinking age, then sold them directly to collectors as ex-château wines.

But what are ex-château wines?

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The Best Cabernet Under $200

High prices are mistaken too often as a guarantee of high quality. While it’s true that many of the best wines in the world are also among the most expensive, simply buying an expensive wine does not guarantee that you will enjoy it. Nor does a low price tag necessarily mean that a wine isn’t worth adding to your collection.

For example, you can find some of the best Cabernet wines for under $200 if you know where to look.

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How Do I Buy Wine Direct From a Producer?

In the world of wine, less is more—at least when it comes to handling and transportation. Whether you relish local wines or seek to collect cases from around the world, you want assurance that the journey from the vineyard to your doorstep was as straightforward and uneventful as possible.

Why? If you aim to enjoy the wine at your next dinner party, you’ll want to serve nothing less than the best a bottle has to offer. And if you’d prefer to resell the wine for profit instead, you’ll receive the greatest ROI from a bottle that’s all but guaranteed perfect provenance.

In either case, the best approach may be to buy directly from producers.

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