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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wine certifications useful for collectors

Are Wine Certifications Useful for Collectors? When and Why You Should Take a Wine Education Class

In an opinion piece for Wine Spectator, wine writer Matt Kramer said, regarding wine certification, “Nothing about wine or — dare I say it! — accomplished wine service requires this pseudo-professionalization.” Kramer explains that wine certifications are as useless as they are elitist, and that too many professionals put emphasis on formal education over real…

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decluttering your wine cellar

This Month in Your Cellar: Decluttering Your Wine Cellar by Going Minimal This Spring

In her hugely-popular self-help book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, Marie Kondo gives readers tips on organizing every room in their homes. Yet this book goes beyond messy closets and stuffed kitchen cabinets. Did you know that you can apply many of Kondo’s principles when you organize…

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traveling with wine

Traveling With Wine by Plane, Train, or Automobile: Get Your Wine Safely from Point A to Point B

A couple of years ago, I attended a huge summer tasting event at a Washington winery with two friends. One of my friends brought along a wheeled wine carrier, tucking each new bottle he bought into its own little cubby inside. My other friend lightheartedly teased him about his paranoia, joking that his wine carrier…

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bring wine to a restaurant

The Corkage Conundrum: How to Bring Wine to a Restaurant Without Being Rude

For every incredible restaurant with a top-notch wine list, you’ll find at least 10 more with boring lists. Finding a fine restaurant that also offers an incredible array of diverse wines is a rarity, especially when cities like New York ban sommeliers from buying wines sold by private collectors. Wine Spectator’s Jim Fish suggests that…

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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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writing wine tasting notes

Write the Best Wine Tasting Notes of Your Life: Structuring and Honing Your Tasting Note Technique

Take it from Andrew Jefford if you want to write great wine tasting notes; as one of the best wine writers in the modern world, Jefford knows what it takes to write gorgeous, pragmatic prose. He says, “Numbers alone cannot adequately address the mystery of wine’s complexity; words must be involved.” Yet these words are…

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