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CSW Like Me

m a CSW. There, I’ve said it. Certified Specialist of Wine. I am a member of a group that represents the most knowledgeable among us when it comes to wine. This isn’t bragging, mind you, this is simple fact. I took a test. My answers were found to be correct no less than 75% of the time. I have letters after my name now, and the great responsibility that comes with them....

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2016 - A Year in the Fine Wine Market

2016 was an eventful year for the fine wine market. The Liv-ex Fine Wine 100—the industry benchmark, which tracks the price movements of 100 of the most sought-after fine wines—rose for an unprecedented thirteen consecutive months and outperformed other global indices....

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10 Top-Scoring Dry Rieslings from Wine Advocate Issue 228

Being a lover of dry German Riesling, I decided to look through Stephan's "Germany, Nahe Valley: 2015 - A Great Vintage For All" report and pull out ten top-scoring, dry Rieslings. As the title of the report suggests, these wines are all from the 2015 vintage, which turned out to be a great vintage for the region....

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On Bordeaux Futures & the Future of Wine Collecting

Wine collecting is by nature a curious endeavor and one with a long history. When pressed to justify my hoarder behavior, I’m reminded of how - many moons ago - people had to store provisions, because acquiring food and drink just wasn’t as convenient as it is nowadays....

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10 Outstanding Red Wines from Switzerland

What do you know about the wines of Switzerland? Our very own Stephan Reinhardt recently sought out 50 memorable wines from this picturesque wine region for our Interim End of January Issue. Today, I've highlighted 10 outstanding red wines from his report....

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3 Reasons to Pair Zinfandel and BBQ

I’m married to a man who was born and raised Kentucky, so to say he likes his Southern cuisine is an understatement. Lucky for us, there’s actually quite a few Southern BBQ joints in Sonoma County, and one we particularly like in our home town of Santa Rosa called Sweet T’s. And if a Kentucky boy turned California man approves of this place, then you know it’s got to be good.......

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Coming Up in Wine Advocate Issue 229

On Wednesday, March 1st at 12 noon USA EDT, we will be publishing Robert Parker Wine Advocate Issue 229. Here is what we have in store for readers....

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The (Opus) One That You Want

While Bordeaux was in the doldrums, it seemed that California could do no wrong, prompting Liv-ex to ask Opus One CEO David Pearson whether price rises were sustainable: “Yes—because it is based on the market’s and consumers’ true assessment of quality.”...

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What's it Like to Review Bordeaux Primeur for The Wine Advocate?

You’re aware of the attention and scrutiny, all part of the job, but mentally you bed yourself in an oasis of calm that is essential to remain objective. You have to shut out the noise....

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