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The Stars Tweet Moët at the Golden Globes

Plus, could Yellow Tail go belly up? Long Island's Wölffer Estate keeps it in the family, an Illinois sparkler for a FLOTUS toast, and an Oregon Pinot supports the Napa LGBTQ Project

Posted: January 17, 2013  

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

How do wineries arrive at their price points?

Posted: January 2, 2013  

Dec. 15, 2012 Issue  :  News

Amazon to Try Wine, Again

Posted: December 15, 2012  By Tim Fish, Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  News

Will New Jersey Have Wine This Holiday Season?

One of the state's biggest wine-and-spirits distributors was wrecked by Hurricane Sandy; Fedway and its importer partners are scrambling to keep wines in stores

Posted: November 26, 2012  By Ben O'Donnell

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

When a new wine is released, how long does it take to make it to retail wine stores?

Posted: November 21, 2012  

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Will Amazon Change The Way We Buy Wine?

The web retail giant's plans for wine are modest—for now

Posted: October 11, 2012  By Mitch Frank

When I heard the news that Amazon executives were meeting with wineries, hoping to launch Amazon.com Wine Marketplace before year's end, I was reminded of the play Waiting For Godot. In Samuel Beckett's work, two characters spend two acts waiting in vain for Godot, whom we never meet. There's a sense that everything will change once Godot shows up. For a dozen years now, the wine industry has been waiting for Bezos—Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, who has made unsuccessful stabs at selling wine twice before.

Amazon loves efficiency, and the wine business, where each state is like a separate country with different laws, is not efficient. But either Bezos is a wine lover or he sees great potential in it, because Amazon is back. If it succeeds in launching Wine Marketplace, the question is: Will this truly be a game changer for the wine business or just an absurdist drama?

News & Features  :  News

Amazon to Try Wine, Again

Web retail giant meeting with wineries, planning new “wine marketplace”

Posted: September 28, 2012  By Tim Fish

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

What factors go into making one wine more expensive than another?

Posted: August 31, 2012  

News & Features  :  News

New Crushpad Owners Ask Customers to Pay More

After DIY winery's assets are sold, buyers say retrieving stranded wine will require additional fees

Posted: August 10, 2012  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  News

Crushpad's Assets Go on the Auction Block

A company spokesman says hundreds of customers at custom-crush winery could lose their wines

Posted: August 6, 2012  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  News

Santa Barbara's Alma Rosa Winery Files for Bankruptcy

At 72, Pinot Noir pioneer Richard Sanford finds himself fighting again to save the family farm

Posted: August 1, 2012  By Matt Kettmann

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

California Wine Does the Country Good

In this election year, the economy is a hot topic. And on that subject, the California wine industry gives us all something to take pride in

Posted: July 23, 2012  By James Laube

With all the recent political crossfiring, finger pointing and rhetoric about jobs created, lost and outsourced, etc., the health of the California wine industry is an increasingly bright spot in the U.S. economy.

News & Features  :  News

Is Crushpad Facing Insolvency?

Sonoma-based custom crush winery asks shareholders for more money; 'I just don't know if they're going to make it,' said one investor

Posted: June 21, 2012  By Augustus Weed, Mitch Frank

June 15, 2012 Issue  :  News

America’s Thirst for French Wines

Posted: June 15, 2012  By Suzanne Mustacich

May 31, 2012 Issue  :  News

Is California Facing a Grape Shortage?

Posted: May 31, 2012  By Augustus Weed

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Don't Worry About Rising Prices in California

In the long term, new vineyard plantings will shore up supply; in the short term, value abounds outside the Golden State

Posted: April 26, 2012  By James Laube

There's talk of a pending grape shortage in the Golden State, and with it, the prospect of rising prices. Don't be concerned unless you exclusively buy California wines.

If California wine prices continue to rise—and that doesn't seem to be a widespread phenomenon—they will do so because of heightened demand. Typically that means brand by brand. As it is, California has long lagged the broader wine market when it comes to value anyway. People looking to get the most from their wine dollars shop across borders and oceans.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

No Futures in Latour's Future

Bordeaux first-growth Château Latour won't sell futures after 2011, but the rest of Bordeaux is unlikely to follow

Posted: April 18, 2012  By James Laube

For the longest time, Bordeaux has been the envy of most vintners everywhere.

Its wines have history, tradition and prestige and are often in great demand. The top classified-growths produce thousands of cases that command top-rung prices. Most of the elite wines are sold before they're even bottled. As a business model, it has few peers.

Yet apparently it's not perfect. Last week, Château Latour announced it would abandon the long-time tradition of selling wine futures, a move that sent shock waves through the Bordelais wine trade, primarily because of Latour's status.

News & Features  :  News

Château Lafite Rothschild Releases Its 2011 Price

The Bordeaux first-growth cuts prices, but the market remains quiet; Cos-d'Estournel follows suit with 50 percent drop

Posted: April 17, 2012  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  News

Château Latour Abandons Futures System

As the château gains more control over sales, will it hurt the rest of Bordeaux?

Posted: April 16, 2012  By James Molesworth, Suzanne Mustacich

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Sorry, This Wine Advice Is Not Tax Deductible

Wines to open whether you’re celebrating or drowning your sorrows

Posted: April 11, 2012  By Tim Fish

There are particular days of the year in which Americans indulge with gusto the need for a drink. New Year's Eve and St. Patrick's Day come to mind, but if ever there was a day that called for either celebration or drowning your sorrows, it's Tax Day, April 17 this year. I'm just getting around to working on my return—I wonder what I'll be doing on Sunday—so I'm not sure whether I'll be toasting victory or defeat. But I believe in being prepared, so I advise all wine lovers to have a good bottle ready no matter how things turn out. I have a few ideas for you, and since these wines are meant to be consumed for Tax Day, I've targeted current releases that don't need cellaring.

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