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The World's Most Exclusive $20 Wines: Champagne and Châteauneuf

For the world's loftiest wines, the price of admission can be too steep to get familiar. Here's the trick to benchmarking on a budget

Posted: August 14, 2012  By Ben O'Donnell

I admit: I'm a sucker for the classics, the stuff out of Bordeaux, or Oporto, or the Mosel tippled at feasts and fairs by princes, pashas and men in powdered wigs. These made up our modern wine world in its infancy, and these are the styles that taught the rest of the world how wine is made. I think it's important that they remain a part of a drinker's education and evolution. I also think that to understand a wine, you need to drink it, regularly, from different producers and vintages. Here's the rub: There are certain appellations that you essentially cannot crack without at least $35 to put down on a bottle. So I benchmark on a budget. How? By drinking on the edge. Here are two examples—alternatives to Champagne and Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

July 31, 2012 Issue  :  News

Is Wine Expertise Genetic?

Posted: July 31, 2012  By Ben O'Donnell

News & Features  :  News

Bordeaux 2011 Futures Fizzle

"The campaign that didn't happen" ended with a shrug as customers balked at prices

Posted: July 10, 2012  By Ben O'Donnell

News & Features  :  News

Young Minds of Fine Wine Battle in Bordeaux

American grad students take on the world's top university wine clubs in a test of minds and palates at Lafite

Posted: July 3, 2012  By Ben O'Donnell

May 31, 2012 Issue  :  News

Moscato Booms With Youthful Appeal

Posted: May 31, 2012  By Ben O'Donnell

News & Features  :  Wine in History

The Prince of Vines

The story of the man who owned and guided Lafite, Latour, Mouton and many other top estates into the dawn of modern Bordeaux

Posted: May 24, 2012  By Ben O'Donnell

News & Features  :  News

Is Wine Expertise Genetic?

A controversial new study finds that wine professionals taste wine differently than consumers, but others call the research off-target

Posted: April 23, 2012  By Ben O'Donnell

Learn Wine  :  Wine Basics

Sweet Wines 101

The world's finest dessert wines can be otherworldly. No surprise, then, that it takes superhuman effort to make them

Posted: April 10, 2012  By Ben O'Donnell

March 31, 2012 Issue  :  People

Briefs

Posted: March 31, 2012  By MaryAnn Worobiec, Ben O'Donnell

News & Features  :  Seasonal

Midwest March Madness

This year's annual Wine Spectator Final Four Taste-Off spotlights wines from Kansas, Kentucky and Ohio

Posted: March 30, 2012  By Robert Taylor, Ben O'Donnell

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