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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.

News & Features  :  News

Bordeaux Châteaus Say They'll Lower Prices, But How Much?

After Americans passed on the 2010s, the first-growths are hinting that they'll drop prices substantially

Posted: April 10, 2012  By Suzanne Mustacich

News & Features  :  News

California Faces Vine Shortage

With the economy expanding, growers are trying to plant again, but a lack of vines could mean higher priced wines

Posted: April 3, 2012  By Lynn Alley

News & Features  :  News

Americans Love French Wine

France's wine industry is enjoying record sales, and while Chinese consumers are buying Bordeaux, U.S. consumers are buying everything

Posted: April 2, 2012  By Suzanne Mustacich

News & Features  :  News

Is California Facing a Grape Shortage?

Grape prices are going up, but consumers have grown accustomed to bargains

Posted: March 7, 2012  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  News

Moscato Mania

Sales of the easy-drinking bubbly have skyrocketed—is it a passing fad or here to stay?

Posted: February 8, 2012  By Ben O'Donnell

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Liquid Assets

Can wine be a legitimate financial investment? Or is it money poured down the drain?

Posted: January 19, 2012  By James Laube

Using wine as an investment vehicle, where the goal is to profit financially rather than just drink well, is about as tricky as playing the stock market. That is, it’s just as easy to lose money as win it. And if the past few years haven't made the risk involved painfully obvious to traders of either commodity, the recent Wine Spectator Auction Index numbers for Bordeaux should serve as another cautionary tale: The Chinese are no longer driving Bordeaux prices through the roof, and prices are dropping.

News & Features  :  News

Has Bordeaux's Bubble Burst?

Prices for top wines are slipping as Chinese customers have second thoughts

Posted: January 18, 2012  By Suzanne Mustacich

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

2012 Predictions

Unfiltered gazes into the future and sees love blossom for a Sonoma sweetheart on The Bachelor, a holy wine from Tim Tebow, Napa Cabernets on the loose in China, plus, the Occupy movement takes to the vineyards

Posted: January 5, 2012  

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Australia's Bumpy Financial Road

Will smart consumers turn to less conventional Oz wines?

Posted: December 12, 2011  By Harvey Steiman

One prime reason for my visit to Australia—to look for insights into why the wines seem to be on the outs with Americans—turned up much less hand-wringing by vintners than you might expect. The Aussies are smart enough to know that they are caught in a perfect storm: the rise of Argentina, Spain and other parts of the world competing effectively against their big-volume wines, coupled with a wrenching change in the exchange rate between the Aussie dollar and ours, capped off by a financial crisis that has most people thinking twice about spending money on anything they’re not entirely certain of.

The Aussies have a healthy attitude about all this. As such, they are diligently at work trying to broaden perceptions of their wines here, and looking for other places to sell them. A growing number of sommeliers and retailers have noticed that Australia produces a range of styles at higher price points. Its widespread growing regions offer specific differences in character. Inspired winemakers, some young, others experienced, are gung-ho to try something different.

News & Features  :  News

Sbragia Family Vineyards Takes on a New Partner

Private equity firm Bacchus Capital Management invests in Sonoma winery

Posted: October 27, 2011  By Augustus Weed

Oct. 15, 2011 Issue  :  Features

World Watch

Posted: October 15, 2011  By Diana Macle, Lizzie Munro, Mitch Frank

News & Features  :  News

Bordeaux 2010 Sticker Shock

With glowing reviews and global demand for 2010 futures, Bordeaux’s top châteaus may be saying au revoir to American consumers

Posted: June 17, 2011  By Ben O'Donnell

April 30, 2011 Issue  :  Columns

How to Lower Alcohol and Prices

Posted: April 30, 2011  By James Laube

News & Features  :  News

The Italian (Sparkling) Renaissance

Led by Prosecco, Italian bubbly consumption has skyrocketed in the U.S. in just a few years. Is it the new face of sparkling wine or a passing fad?

Posted: April 4, 2011  By Ben O'Donnell

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