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Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

When a tasting note says "drink now," how soon is now?

Posted: February 25, 2013  

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

Can I really humidify my cellar with just a pan of water?

Posted: February 20, 2013  

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

Can I send you pictures of these old bottles I found?

Posted: February 15, 2013  

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

Do I really need to worry about the humidity in my cellar?

Posted: February 6, 2013  

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Naples Winter Wine Festival Raises $8.5 Million

Country’s premier charity wine auction offers unique lots, but bidding is subdued

Posted: January 28, 2013  By Lizzie Munro

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

Which type of wine cooler is better, compressor or thermoelectric?

Posted: January 23, 2013  

News & Features  :  Drinking Out Loud

Is This Really a Golden Age for Wine?

If so, where's the action?

Posted: January 22, 2013  By Matt Kramer

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

Why are some wines chilled and some not?

Posted: January 18, 2013  

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Kurniawan Loses Bid to Exclude Counterfeiting Evidence

Federal judge rules that FBI had probable cause to search defendant's home; trial could be scheduled at a hearing next month

Posted: January 17, 2013  By Peter Hellman

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

Why was my bottle wet beneath its foil?

Posted: January 16, 2013  

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Worldwide Wine Auction Revenues Fall in 2012

Market diversifies as Bordeaux prices drop

Posted: January 15, 2013  By Peter D. Meltzer

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Flip Happens: For Better or Worse, Not All Wines Are Bought to Be Drunk

What do winemakers think when collectors resell their wines for big profits? And how do collectors end up going from mailing list to blacklist?

Posted: January 15, 2013  By Robert Taylor

Wine is a funny commodity. As with fine art, a smart investor with a sharp eye, a secure cellar and a little luck could buy a few cases of wine today that, 20 years from now, might pay for their child's college tuition. (Unlike fine art, wine has to be destroyed to be appreciated.)

But for a select few wineries around the world, their bottles tend to double or triple in value as soon as they leave the cellar door, no investor patience required. That group expands and contracts depending on the latest wine ratings, the economy and vintners' efforts to keep release prices in line with demand without overstepping the bounds of fiscal good taste—bounds that are leapt across with abandon when so-called "flippers" resell their allocations to wealthy wine lovers who are happy to pay through the nose for highly rated hard-to-find wines. Like it or not, flip happens.

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

Can a wine still be good if it's been stored upright for a long time?

Posted: January 14, 2013  

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Who Gives a Flip? When High-Value Cult Wines Tempt Buyers to Resell for a Profit ...

Wary vintners are increasingly picky about who deserves a spot on the mailing list, and who's just in it for the money

Posted: January 10, 2013  By Robert Taylor

How much would you pay for a bottle of California Sauvignon Blanc?

The only wine from that category to ever earn a classic rating, the 2007 Merry Edwards Russian River Valley (96 points), cost $29, and the current vintage, 2011, is $30. So would you pay more than 8 times that for a bottle of Screaming Eagle Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley? No? Well what if I told you that you could immediately turn around and re-sell it for 10 times that price? (That's more than $2,500 for a single bottle of Napa Sauvignon Blanc, for those still trying to do the math, at a profit of $2,250 per bottle.)

Some list members sold their wines, and a few months later, there were some angry people who had been kicked off the mailing list.

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Wine Spectator Auction Index Posts Tiny Gain in Fourth-Quarter 2012

U.S. market for fine wines may have stopped its prolonged slide

Posted: January 10, 2013  By Peter D. Meltzer

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

How old would a wine have to be before it is undrinkable?

Posted: January 9, 2013  

News & Features  :  Drinking Out Loud

Is It Worth It to Age Wines Anymore?

Wines have changed and so have our palates

Posted: January 8, 2013  By Matt Kramer

Dec. 31, 2012 - Jan. 15, 2013 Issue  :  Features

At Home With Rajat Parr

Globe-trotting sommelier has a home base in San Francisco for entertaining

Posted: December 31, 2012  By Jennifer Fiedler

Dec. 31, 2012 - Jan. 15, 2013 Issue  :  News

Wine Spectator Auction Index Falls in Third Quarter

Demand for Château Lafite declines; Cheval-Blanc hit as well

Posted: December 31, 2012  By Peter D. Meltzer

Dec. 15, 2012 Issue  :  News

Three Charity Auctions Combine to Celebrate Washington Wine

Posted: December 15, 2012  By Lizzie Munro

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