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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 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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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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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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12 High-Scoring Argentinian Wines for Less than $100

I sifted through Luis Gutiérrez' Argentina report and pulled out the wines that have scored 95 points or higher, while still costing $100 or less. How's that for a bargain?...

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12 Perfect Wines in Wine Advocate Issue 228

Our End of December Issue – Issue 228 – was something of a special Issue for us in that it was our biggest Issue ever, weighing in at 7415 tasting notes / reviews from 11 different countries. Of these there were just 21 wines rated at 100 points and only 12 new / upcoming releases (the other 9 wines being new reviews of wines that had previously been reviewed). The 12 new or soon to be released 100-point wines are...

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Top 10 Wines from Chianti Classico in Issue 228

In recently perusing our latest Issue 228, I was drawn to Monica Larner's Chianti Classico report. With more than 220 wines, there are plenty of excellent options from which to choose when looking for impressive bottlings....

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Top-Rated 2015s from the Southern Rhône

Here are the top-rated 2015s from my most recent Southern Rhône report in Issue 228, listed by appellation....

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Retsina: Can We Never Mention It Again?

I wrote a version of this diatribe on a tasting note once, but that was too easy to miss and really too long for inclusion in a tasting note. So, this is a reprise of sorts. It was brought to mind when someone (yet again) mentioned to me that they hated Retsina, assuming that I must see a lot of it since I cover Greece. Well, no....

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