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Wine, Finance & Astrology

Savouring the New York Wine Lifestyle & Vino around the World
by Henry Wein (wine) garten (garden)
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 © Henry Weingarten  2016

WHY WINE, FINANCE & ASTROLOGY?
 

The most apparent is my last name; Weingarten or WEIN (Wine) GARTEN (Garden).
In ancient times, it was the practice to grow grapes (along with olives and various grains) in walled protected wine gardens.  Perhaps I am being called by ancestral memories? 
But a truer answer might be that Wine, Finance & Astrology is how I occupy most of my time. I will be writing my wine posts according to one or more of these three personal core interests.  Many oenophiles claim that Wine is a living thing.  If so, it has a horoscope as it is born in a moment of time.  In fact just as a horoscope is a map of Time and Place, so too is wine a combination of Vintage (Time) and Terroir (Place). 

WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF A "GOOD" WINE?
                                                               
To me it is something I enjoy drinking and want more! If so then it is good - Ernest Gallo
                                                                                                   It should start and end with a smile." - William Sokolin    
                                                                                    It is simply a wine that makes you feel good! - Henry Weingarten  

                                                                                                "Life is too short to drink bad wine." --- Anonymous

                                                                                                 "For me, life is too short to drink entry level wine" - Henry Weingarten

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TASTING BYTES 2017
FEBRUARY 1, 2017 SLOW WINE TASTING

As should be expected all Slow Wwine highlight choices were at least good and most very good+.

Our show favorite was from Piedmont: Barale Fratelli Barolo Bussia Ris 2010 Nebbolo [organic]


JANUARY 23 Grand Cru de Bordeaux
The 2014 vintage overall was very satisfying (unlike 2013).
Our two favorites:
Margaux: Lascombes
Saint-Emilion: Chateau Canon-Gaffeliere
Also noteworthy from
Pauillac:Chateau Lynch-Bages & Chateau Pichon-Baron.


TASTING BYTES 2016

May 17 VIII Guía Peñín Selection, Spanish Wine Tasting

Muscat of Alexandria from Malaga Seminar/Tasting by Jose Penin  Bodegas Jorge Ordonez Malaga  Beautifully sweet-/old vines/ “if you love ice cream, these wines are for you!”

Favorite winery: Rodiquez Sanzo:  GREAT value   Terras de Javier Rodriquez Toro 2012 100+ years (93)

Runner up:  Ferratus Sensaciones Decino 2003  Red Ribera Del Duero  Bodegas Coevas Jimenz- Feratus (96)


APRIL 27 Le Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux Pier A Harbor House - 22 Battery Place - New York, NY
    First if you have not visited Pier A, do so! It is one of the best drink/smart casual water dining venues in the city!

    Best marketing: Philipe Raoux The Winemaker's Collection Section 10 (Haut Medoc)- also noteworthy Chateau D'Arsac (Margaux).

    2015 Vintage of favorite Chateau Le Prieure 2015 vintage like 47: "Incredible lightness of wine" i.e. strong but light.
    Lorraine White's favorite: Chateau La Croizille St Emilion Grand Cru. Noted for matching barrel wood to each parcel.
    Finally worthy of mention Chateau Dalem.


April 26 Valpolicella Ripasso
    Think " Amarone Light"- Rounded, approachable and good value. So many good choices one clear winner: Casa VitIvinicola TINAZZI

April 21 Passion Jura Annual Grand Tasting
    Naturally here Jeune wines were distinctive, but our surprise discovery were the delicious Chardonnays of Domaine Rijkaert


April 5 Wines from Santorini: Volcanic Terroristas Unite
    Boutari always the safe bet.


January 23  Pinot Wine Days
    As usual, New Zealand outperforms California on a Price/Value basis.
    One reliable choice: MacMurray Estate Vineyards  and a Discovery: Foursight Wines

January 25  Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux Trade Tasting
     2013 Vintage is not likely to be memorable.
    Usual favorites e.g. Chateau Clinet (Pomerol), Leoville Barton (Saint-Julien) etc. Value Discovery: Chateau de Chantegrive (Graves)




                                            

2017 NEW YORK WINE COMPETITIONS

May 16 2016 About Ultimate Wine Challenge    May 7 2017 NY Wine Competition   August 23-24, 2017 The New York World Wine and Spirits Competition
               
2017 WINE & FOOD FESTIVALS
September 9 & 10 2017 Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest  September 23 & 24  Greenwich Wine + Food Festival   October 12-15, 2017  NYC Wine & Food Festival

 HOW TO READ TASTING NOTES
Take the Decanter Chardonnay quiz

    
ON THE WEB

Who Would Crowdfund A Wine Project ...And Why?


WINES OF ARGENTINA

HAVE CORKSCREW WILL TRAVEL: WINE & TANGO

September 19-30, I was a cheerful guest of Wines of Argentina.

My focus was on four themes:


1)    To discover several new “favorite wineries” – For me that is always goal number one for any wine trip;

2)    To find the best Malbecs to match with Steak (even though I don’t personally eat red meat);

3)    To find the best Argentine wines to drink for dancing (Tango naturally) and

4)    To research winery investments in Argentina. 


WINES OF ARGENTINA  PART I: TANGO & MALBEC OR?

WINES OF ARGENTINA  PART II: STEAK & MALBEC OR?

WINES OF ARGENTINA  PART III: INVESTING IN ARGENTINA - NOW OR WAIT?

LINKS:Winesur

Wines of Argentina

Uncork Argentina

Vendimia 2014: A Behind the Scenes Tour of Argentina’s Wine Harvest and Culture March 28- April 6, 2014

Malbec quiz – test your knowledge

To read more click Weingarten blog #7 2013


WINE-TORIAL: WINE & MOVIES

On snowy days I enjoy opening a bottle of wine and relaxing by watching a movie at home.  Likewise on hot summery nights. However ,Movie-Wine matching is not usually as easy with wine movies such as Pinot Noir & SIDEWAYS or Malbec & EL CAMINO del VINO (The Ways of Wine).  Here are three hints:
I] As with food, local Terroir usually works e.g. Champagne et French Cinema, Riesling und Deutsche Films,
Sangiovese con Italian etc. 

2] What is its genre? Is it an adventure flick or chick film? For the former a “masculine wine”, for the latter a soft, a feminine one works better.

3] Match the seasonality/weather in the film e.g. Rose or Sauvignon Blanc with Summer/Beach scenes; Cabernet Sauvignon or Chateauneuf du Pape for Winter/Skiing scenes etc. Please note: As with a multi-course meal, this option may require several bottles! :)

To read more click Weingarten blog #2 2014

WINE-TORIAL: WINE & CHEESE aka CHEERS & CHEESE!

I don’t define myself as a “foodie” but a “Wein [wine] Garten [garden] lover.  Still these days I am heavily into cheese- studying it by taking classes, reading books and of course eating cheese!  As many WEINGARTEN readers know, there is much beyond the simple neighborhood concept of Terroir that connects wine and cheese. I recently incorporated two cheese homework exercises into my “Why is Wine Special?" workshop:
    1] Discover the ideal cheeses to match your favorite wine and 2] Discover which wines match your favorite cheeses. Why?

This is a happy by product of my new association with Artisanal Premium Cheese (AHFP).  We hope to help them become the number one premium national brand cheese in America.  They have a promising head start as the cheese of choice for many illustrious clients such as Per Se, Picholine, Goldman Sachs, New York Times, NY Stock Exchange etc. This spring Artisanal will be opening the first of their European style cheese cafés in Long Island City.  For this reason among others, I have also been recommending their stock to friends and family for aggressive/speculative portfolio allocation. Recall the Peter Lynch dictum- “Invest in what you know and love.”
To read more click Weingarten blog #1 2014

The front page of last Saturday’s National Post carried a giant wine glass and the provocative question, “Are wine critics fooling us into buying pricier bottles?”  Adam included my 2 cents in wrapping up his piece: Natalie MacLean, whose books and wine review website have made her one of North America’s best-known wine writers, imagines she could be tricked if someone served her a wine out of context. “I don’t set myself up as infallible,” she says. Ms. MacLean argues that wine reviewing, like art criticism, is largely a matter of taste and opinion. “As wine critics I think our primary goal is to be of service to wine drinkers, to be their guide; their virtual wine friend standing beside them at the store.”

HW: Well written article. I basically agree with your points. But you left out one important function of the wine critic- not only to help select wines but to INCREASE THE ENJOYMENT of drinking a particular wine.

NM: Thanks Henry! Great point.  To read more click Weingarten blog #6 2013

WINE-TORIAL: MARKETS & WINE

Last month I attended the analyst presentation for Constellation Brands (STZ) and a pre-IPO Sidotti presentation for Truett-Hurst.  Two years ago, we were very impressed with the new management strategy of STZ and put it on our Buy conviction list.  Since then it has doubled. However, while still a sharp management team, the fact they will become 50% beer and only 50% Wine & Spirits, clearly does not strike this wine lover’s heart favorably. Others STZ Upgraded to Strong Buy.  While I concede the plan forward may be a smart financial move, we have downgraded it to “Market Perform” with intermediate term support at 46 and resistance at 58.  Truett-Hurst has several renowned wine markers advising. They will be concentrating on the highly profitably private label sector for wines.  They are also exploring numerous marketing gimmicks- paper wine bottles for picnics, square wine bottles to reduce shelf space etc.  Their initial IPO strategy failed (too expensive, too favorable to insiders etc.).  Truett-Hurst raises $14.1 million in IPO  started trading on June 20 - a day the Dow was down 353.  Clearly they should fire their astrologer (or hire one)!  Until then, I would wait and not buy this interesting wine company.
To read more click Weingarten blog #5 2013

WINE-TORIAL: HAVE CORKSCREW WILL TRAVEL

Like many of my readers, I have become overwhelmed with the variety of new wine choices.  This is not so much a complaint i.e. “There are too many good wines” but a humble appreciation: “There are now so many good wines.”   When asked what my favorite NY restaurant, I usually answer “30-40 favorites which depend on my mood, company, budget and after dining activities planned”.   Similarly, I restrict myself primarily to no more than 30-40 favorite wine regions.

When recently traveling to Bermuda, I was unexpectedly stopped by US airport security.  My wife was wondering whether she had accidentally taken 4oz of body lotion rather than the requisite 3.  I absent-mindedly had not taken my travel carry on but my office bag which naturally has a corkscrew inside.  Obviously, this the TSE saw it as a potential weapon.  Fortunately having a wine press card made little explanation necessary.   Unfortunately, we restricted our evening hotel room drinks to screw top wines. :) To read more click Weingarten blog #4 2013

VINA CROATIA 2013

Four wine regions, 66 Appellations and 16,000 winemakers: who knew?  Irene, who visited and wine tasted the region last year! Something I learned: Until February 26, 2013 I would have said: “If you like Zinfandel, you would find a better expression in Italy with Primitivo.  But a far better expression is Plavac Mali from Croatia.” But this no longer is the case.  According to recent studies by UC Davis as well as the University of Zagreb, Zinfandel and Plavac Mali are different grapes!  Yet, as cousins so to speak, they taste somewhat similar.  To read more click Weingarten blog #3 2013

Carignano [Carignan] del Sulcis [Sardina] at Eataly 
What Argentina did for Malbec, Sardina may do for Carignano (Carignan). 
Eataly is New York’s Italian food & wine lovers mecca. At La Scuola Grande over an alltoo short 2 hour lunch, we literally feasted on delicious assorted dishes and made a wine discovery: 100% Carignan wines can be especially delightful. Not in the style of the French or Spanish blending varietal, but wines from Sardinia: Ancient, bush-trained pre-Phylloxera vines (Latin vines) preservingtheir original rootstock thanks to the sandy soil. All tasted AUTHENTIC- one could easily felt/tasted Sardinian Terroir. Unfortunately, this is increasinglya rare experience due to the proliferation of international wine styles....
The parting words that I strongly recall were: “If you drink Carignano, you live to 100 years old”.
IF TRUE, Step aside French Paradox and buy and drink all can of these wines BEFORE this newsgets out!  :)

To read more click Weingarten blog #2 2013

BOOK REVIEW: THE COMPENDIUM Tasting the World’s Finest Wines Vol 1 John Kapon

“To me, there is nothing better than aged wine.”  John Kapon  CEO Acker Merrall & Condit
These tasting notes of many of the world’s finest wines are a real treat for the serious oenophile/wine collector to share memories.  They may also serve as a valuable guide/inspiration for future wine tastings/purchases

PINOT DAYS New York City
Many Bay Area pinots were obviously pleasant to drink, but my standout favorite pinot was from New Zealand - Churton, a delightful Biodynamic from Marlborough.  I am looking forward toretasting it at the May 13 New Zealand Wine Fair.

To read more click Weingarten blog #1 2013

At a Fall Opici tasting, I tasted their Chianti Fiasco or “Straw” Bottle wine. Sadly it did NOT bring back happy early adult memories.  Not only was it made in a modern international style, i.e. insufficient acidity to even counteract pizza, but was also lacking in quality.  I keep asking Chianti producers to give we Baby Boomers a reasonably tasty quality authentic Chianti in a memorable fiasco that we can enjoy and light memories ( candles) in.  To date they refuse so as not to rekindle their past association with cheap wines. Che tristezza- I am positive there is a  substantial and profitable US market for a well-made Chianti packaged in a traditional straw covered flask.

To read more click Weingarten blog #8 2012

Wine Riot is a multi-city celebration of wine.  Wine Riots were designed to teach the uninitiated to love learning about wine. It is owned and operated by a handful of people all under 30 who just want everyone to drink more wine.   They succeeded!  My plus one (target audience) was happily buzzed.   I found the most value in the Spanish and Portuguese wine section.  What I would do differently?  1)  I was disappointed by lack of depth at the wine seminars- although they were very generous in their pours. 2) While there was lots of bottled water, I would have preferred some bread to clean my palette and also more food choices.  But bottom line: It was FUN!
To read more click Weingarten blog #7 2012


Should extra-terrestrial (ET) wines be judged the same as earth grown?  I believe the answer varies depending on whether you prefer space travel by rocket (R) or flying saucer (FS).
I prefer the relaxing and feminine FS mode of space travel, while my wine wife prefers the more masculine R travel.  Hence we often do not see eye to eye on many wines.  Recently we requested samples of Abduction, a sci-fi wine.  We both strongly disliked their Galactic White 100% Airen wine, although she quipped- ?the more ice I added (and especially the more it melted) the better (less bad) it tasted!?  Perhaps extra-terrestrial tastes are different?  Be that as it may, their Cosmic Red (50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot) is not only reasonably priced under $10 and a fun party wine/house gift but also pleasant enough for drinking on our planet earth.  
To read more click Weingarten blog #6 2012
 
Q: Who would be your ideal dinner party guests and what wines would you serve them?
A: I?d invite six Jewish men who marked the history of humanity: Abraham (everything is God), Moses (everything is law), Jesus ( everything is love), Karl Marx (everything is money), Sigmund Freud (everything is sex) and Albert Einstein (everything is relative). On pour would be Bollinger 1964, Chapoutier Ermitage de l?Oree Blanc 2011 and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Grands-Echezeaux 1999.
Michel Chapoutier owns and runs Maison M. Chapoutier in Tain-l?Hermitage in the Rhône.
To read more click Weingarten blog #5 2012.

Up until recently, I had little desire for Rose.  Perhaps it because I spend my summer vacation up in the Catskill Mountains and not on the French Riveria?  Be that as it may, slowly I am developing a taste. While I knew that Rose consumptions was growing rapidly in the US (up 62% 2010 to 2011), I was quite surprised to learn that French consumers drink more rosé wines that white wines: In 2011, 27% of rosé wines of the total French wine consumption compared with only 16,8% of white wines.

To read more of our April 4. 2012 BLOG click Weingarten blog #4 2012.

FOOD NOTE:  Of course the wine appropriate hors d'oeuvres were tasty but the French pastries by Celine were truly delicious and memorable. These authentic Bordeaux caneles cannot be too highly recommended.  Afterwards, I learned that the Patissiere Céline Legros was recently described as the "new sweet addiction? by Bon Appetit - D?Accord!
To read more of April 2012 BLOG click Weingarten blog #3 2012. 

WAS IT THE MOON OR THE VINTAGE?

At the Drefus Ashby Leap Year Late Night Tasting (10pm to Midnight) at the Setai Fifth Avenue Hotel I tasted a number of Maison Joseph Drouhin which surprisingly didn?t taste ?special?.  Was it the late hour? (This was my first late night tasting.)  One real standout me was a lovely Tempranillo whose name and night sky label instantly attracted me. The winemakers notes for 2008 Torres Celeste Ribera del Duero $18 state: ?Celeste is an opulent wine brimming with fruit, body and colour: as unique as the night sky in the Ribera del Duero.?-  I agree!

However the week after, at Benoit, I tasted several lovely 2010 Maison Drouhin offerings.  I like best their flagship Beaune Clos De Mouches (Blanc & Rouge).  The Setai tasting was mostly 2009 (widely considered a stellar vintage).  [fyi in 2009 they became certificated organic. This long term practice makes the discovery delight of variation found in biodynamic offerings.]  Then I wondered could it be astrology? According to Chateau Moonshine? How the taste of wine is governed by the waxing and waning moon many serious English tastings are Moon based. Being an astrologer should I not know better? All oenophiles know one key factor in enjoying wines is our moods and the Moon rules our moods! At the first Drouhin event the Moon was in Gemini, an Air (Flower) sign, but Saturn was rising- that alone could be enough to explain things.  At the second tasting the Moon was in Virgo (Earth/Root).  This is the opposite of biodynamic doctrine.  Then I again wondered if it was the time of night or vintage and not astrology.  However, I confess to ignorance of biodynamic tenants (my specialty is financial astrology, not agriculture).  So I did a quick web study and learned they used a modified (visual) Sidereal NOT Tropical reference. The ?GOOD TASTING was NOT Moon in Virgo, but Leo (Fire/Fruit) and the ?BAD? TASTING was NOT Moon in Gemini but Taurus (Earth/Root).

This is exactly what Biodynamic practitioners would have predicted!  

To read more of March 2012 BLOG click Weingarten blog #2 2012. 

March 2012 WINE NEWS & TRENDS, KOSHER FOOD & WINE, GALIA ITALIA, WINE REVIEWS and more... To read click Weingarten blog #1 2012

 To read the 2011 Weingarten blogs, please click here.

NEW YORK WINE EXPERIENCES
QUALITY & VALUE is the focus of the WEINGARTEN wine blog.
Many wines are wonderful in their own backyard, but when I evaluate a wine, my key judgment is: ?Would I would drink (and buy) it in New York??


TASTINGS 2014

Feb 21
2nd Annual New Jersey Winter Wine Festival
Feb 24
NYC Kosher Food & Wine Experience 2014
March 21Wine Tasting and Comedy at City Winery!
April 08
TastersGuildNY Salentein Award Winning Argentine Wines

WINE BARS
    WINE EDUCATION 
ICE: The Institute of Culinary Education Nancy's Wine  Astor Place
    WINEMAKER EVENTS
    WINE PLUS ENTERTAINMENT 

    WINE PLUS FOOD 
    WINE TOURS  Long Island  Hudson Valley
       
WEBSITES:
       
Gayot New York Wine Tasting Events  
       
Local Wine Events  
        NEW YORK CORK REPORT       

       
Natalie Maclean Delicious Wine picks and pairings  

EVERGREEN POSTS 

THE PURPOSE OF WINE
Ancient Egyptian Wine Classifications: Beyond date, maker, quality & origin - classifying wine by its function ? e.g. celebrating first class functions, tax collection day, wine for dancing, wine for offerings, wine for a happy return and of course wine for merrymaking!
  

Wine as an Investment Part I

Publicly Traded Wine Companies, that is, companies whose primary business is wine: Remember the Peter Lynch dictum: Buy what you KNOW and LOVE!

10 Desert Island Wine Choices The one wine to most enjoy drinking if marooned on a desert island just for one year and the one if for life.
Johann Wolfgang Goethe once was asked which three things he would take to an island. He stated: "Poetry, a beautiful woman and enough bottles of the world's finest wines to survive this dry period!" Then he was asked what he would leave back first, if it was allowed to take only two things to the island. And he briefly replied: "The poetry!" Slightly surprised, the man asked the next question: "And Sir, what would you leave back if only one was allowed?" And Goethe thought for a couple of minutes and answered: "It depends on the vintage!" 

Red Wine & Health Living Drinking wine in moderation offers physical, emotional and mental benefits. In dream interpretation, drinking wine predicts joy and friendship. Both are major contributors to a healthy lifestyle.


IN PREPARATION

Red Wine & Health
Wine as an Investment Part II  Wine Investment funds, Private Equity & Venture Funds;
shareholding a private winery & wine stock exchanges.
Astrology & Wine: Part I  Wine Horoscopes
Wine Wisdom: On Aging
    Like people, wines develop character and individuality with the passage of time. Also, like people, wines today have the ability to age better and longer than in former times.

FORTHCOMING
Wine as an Investment Part III Wine as investment class (Collectibles): Wine Investing vs. Wine collecting.  
Wine 'outperforming oil and gold'
    The classic tenet so dear to wine lovers - buy two cases, hold until the price doubles, sell one and drink the other free.  However the bottom line is: Be prepared to drink your portfolio!
Wine as an Investment Part IV
Wine Business Opportunities: Becoming a wine entrepreneur: "Do you want to make wine or make money?"
    Starting a Winery or Custom Crush;  Wine  Importer, Wine Bar, Wine Shop, Teaching, Tourism & Wine Events.

Wine and the Cosmos IBiodynamic Wines and Terroir Compatibility 
Oenomancy (oinomancy) Divination involving observation of the colors and other features of wine
Wine and food adventures in New York and around the world:
    New York State Wines: Hudson Valley, Long Island & Finger Lakes
    New Zealand Wines
    Argentine Wines
    
Israeli Wines
Astrology & Wine: Part II  Birthday Wines: Your Personal Wine horoscope
The Weingarten Wine Glossary: Our Winespeak dictionary is in the tradition of Ambrose Bierce's  satirical "The Devil's Dictionary" who defined wine as: 
    "n. Fermented grape-juice known to the Women?s Christian Union as ?liquor,? sometimes as ?rum.? Wine, madam, is God?s next best gift to man."
    Sample entry: BIG  BOTTLES: Seasoned wine lovers don't really believe "size doesn't matter"!
    The classic example is
Champagne which is widely believed to last  longer and taste better in Magnums than when matured in a normal size bottle. It  also has the virtue that it Very impressive.
FUTURE POSTS


WEINGARTEN WINE RATINGS 

Wine Stars are rated 95 or higher for quality. As such they are classic and outstanding and make ideal gifts for special occasions.

 FAVORITE WINERIES 

?Wine is about the story where it comes from and who made it, what makes it different from other wines,
why it tastes the way it does, and most important,
why is the right wine at that time? 

Drew Nieporent

Catrina


              

WINE NUT QUIPS
"My daughter says she doesn't drink French Wine- she says she likes to drink Cabernet Sauvignon."

"...I flew the Concorde from London to New York, in the course of which I consumed several glasses of an '87 Premier Cru Puligny-Montrachet that defied altitude' notorious flattening of the palate (the flight was far shorter than it ought reasonably to have been given the quality of the wine list)."

"Blind tastings are to wine what strip poker is to love." Kermit Lynch

CLASSICS

"Wine improves with age.  The older I get, the better I like it. "

"A meal without wine is like a life without love. "

COMEDY

"Most of our customers frankly wouldn't know the difference between a Bordeaux and a claret." Basil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers

"A man's got to believe in something.  I believe I'll have another drink." W.C. Fields

"It's a naïve domestic Burgundy without any breeding, but I think you'll be amused by its presumption." James Thurber

"I love cooking with wine . . . sometimes I even put it in the food."

"A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine, except that on a day without sunshine you can still get drunk."  Lee Entrekin

PROVERBS

Good wine ruins the purse; bad wine ruins the stomach.  SPAIN

The best use of bad wine is to drive away poor relations.  FRANCE

"Old wine and friends improve with age."  ITALY

QUOTES

"Wine is a passport to the world."  THOM ELKJER, Adventures in Wine

"Wine is not just an object of pleasure, but an object of knowledge; and the pleasure depends on the knowledge."  ROGER SCRUTON, I Drink Therefore I Am 

?Wine is about the story where it comes from and who made it, what makes it different from other wines, why it tastes the way it does and most important why is the right wine at that time.? Drew Nieporent


ON THE WEB

Can you afford a vineyard?  Can you finance a wine-making operation?

The Taste of Wine ? Does It Matter?

The best wine importers

Why more expensive wines taste better: Psychology 101

Finance
The Top Performing Alternative Investments: Fine Wine

Can wine be an investment?

Investing in Wine

Astrology & Wine
Chateau Moonshine? How the taste of wine is governed by the waxing and waning moon

Moon Theories in Wine :: Society Grapevine

Biodynamic Wine The newest trend in wine-making combines agriculture with astrology and mysticism

Matching Wine and Food
Approaches and Guidelines

Wine Tourism
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Wine Business News
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wineindustryinsight.com

Wine Misc
The Collectionary: wine


Feb 4, 2010 ... Two excellent choices therefore are gold and wine. Should you only be able to invest in one or the other, which should you choose? 

Wine outstrips shares as investors get the taste for liquid assets ...
Apr 14, 2010 ... Investors driven to drink by the market turmoil of the past few years may have been on to a good thing.

Is Wine a Good Investment

Wine Beats Russell Stocks as Liquid Investment in Swiss Study

 The Wine Economist How Globalization is Reshaping the World of Wine.                                



RESOURCES

If you are a newbie to wine, I would recommend one of four books to start:
1)
If you just wish be able to understand some basics and only wish to read one book so as to better navigate a restaurant wine list or buy wine in a liquor store it would be DRINK THIS, WINE MADE SIMPLE by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl.
2)
If you to potentially begin a life long study of wine and become a wine sophisticate, then read WINDOWS ON THE WORLD COMPLETE WINE COURSE by Kevin Zraly.
3)
If you are unsure of your future relationship to the world of wine read: EDUCATING PETER How I Taught a Famous Movie Critic the Difference Between Cabernet and Merlot by Lettie Teague
4) If you are more "California" than "New York/Europe" or interested in the Zen of the wine experience, read: Wineocology by Caitlin Stansbury with Heidi Shink

Next I would pick up a basic reference book such as
THE WINE BIBLE  Karen MacNeil and/or
EXPLORING WINE: The Culinary Institute of America's Guide to Wines of the World  3rd Ed.
    Steven Kolpan, Brian H. Smith, Michael A. Weiss.  


FURTHER RECOMMENDED READING:
THE ULTIMATE WINE COMPANION Editor: Kevin Zraly
THE BATTLE FOR WINE AND LOVE or How I saved the World from Parkerization by Alice Feiring
IS THIS BOTTLE CORKED The secret life of Wine  Kathleen Burk and Michael Bywater
WINE MYTHS AND REALITY Benjamin Lewin
THE JUICE Vinous Veritas Jay Mcinerney  


A YEAR OF WINE Perfect Pairings, Great Buys, and what to Sip for Each Season Tyler Colman, aka Dr. Vino
WINE FOR EVERY DAY AND EVERY OCCASION  Dorthy Gaiter & John Brecher

All about WINE CELLARS Howard G Goldberg
The Wine Collector's Handbook Storing and Enjoying Wine at Home  Linda Johnson
Keys to the Cellar Strategies and Secrets of Wine Collecting  Peter Meltzer

The Wine Lover's GUIDE TO AUCTIONS The Art & Science of Buying and Selling Wines Ursula Hermacinski
Wine Investment for Portfolio Diversification: How Collecting Fine Wines Can Yield Greater Returns Than Stocks and Bonds           Mahest Kumar
Investing in Liquid Assets: Uncorking Profits in Today's Global Wine Market David Sokolin


A SHORT HISTORY OF WINE  Rod Phillips
THE STORY OF WINE Hugh Johnson
WINE, The 8000-Year-Old Story of the Wine Trade  Thomas Pellechia
INVESTING WINE Paul Lukacs

THE GEOGRAPHY OF WINE Brian Sommers
THE SCIENCE OF WINE From Vine to Glass Jamie Goode
TERROIR The role of Geology, Climate, and Culture in the Making of French Wines  James Wilson
WINE WARS Mike Veseth

RENAISSANCE GUIDE TO WINE AND FOOD PAIRING From Consumer to Connoisseur Tony Dido and Jean Luc Le Du
Complete Idiot's Guide to Wine & Food Pairing Jaclyn Stuart and Jeanette Hurt

SECRETS OF THE SOMMELIERS: How to Think and Drink Like the World's Top Wine Professionals
    Rajat Parr, Jordan Mackay, Ed Anderson


BOOK REVIEWS

BOOK REVIEWS: WINE WARS,VINO ARGENTINO & SCIENCE OF DRINKING

BOOK REVIEW: EXPLORING WINE (Revised Third Edition) Culinary Institute of America

THE WINE TRIALS 2011 Alexis Herschkowitsch & Robin Goldstein

EXPLORING WINE:
The Culinary Institute of America's Guide to Wines of the World  3rd Ed.
    Steven Kolpan, Brian H. Smith, Michael A. Weiss

BOOK REVIEWS: WINE WARS,VINO ARGENTINO & SCIENCE OF DRINKING


Q&A

NEWBIE:
    Q: Why do I prefer the taste of inexpensive wines to expensive ones?  
    A:  Most likely because you prefer sweeter wines.  In blind taste tests, many consumers show the same preference.  There is a         well known "learning curve" with wines: newer wine drinkers frequently prefer sweeter,  lighter whites, but often may over         time prefer more robust, aged and complex reds.  Like all generalizations, however this is not always true.

    Q: Why can't I just drink Cab with all types of foods.
    A: Because the "food police" don't allow it! :)  
         On a more serious note, the ideal  purpose of drinking wine WITH food is to ENHANCE the experience: 1 plus 1 = 3.
         Drinking wine WITH food, can enhance or diminish the pleasure of eating certain dishes.
         From one's own personal experience,  most people soon realize that different wines will TASTE better with different foods.

WINE SELECTION

Q: Have any Malbec suggestions?
A: Argentine wines, like wines from Chile and New Zealand, offer great value. Fortunately, most imported Malbecs are of good quality and very reasonable. 

Here are three suggestions:

85 Trapiche Broguel Malbec 2008 Mendoza $14.95

87 Graffigna Grand Reserve Malbec 2007 San Juan $19.95

90 Terrazas de los Andes   Alincado Malbec 2006 Mendoza $45

Given there are so many more fine Malbecs, it will be the subject of a future blog. In the meantime, you may wish to also taste selections from Alamos (Catena) and Archaval Ferrer. 


LETTERS

READER: Wine, Finance and Astrology.  Interesting order.  The first glass makes you loose enough to talk money.  A few more glasses, and you get metaphysical.  Seriously, good luck with the site.

READER:
I LOVE THIS FOR YOU, MR. WINE! CHANGE Weingarten to Winegarten

Finally?a computer prompt I understand!

http://cbswomx.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/prompt2.jpg?w=300&h=187

READER:  even-mice-can-become-snooty-wine-experts This explains why I see rat-looking people at tastings.
More Letters

A LOVING WIFE
A woman was sipping on a glass of wine while sitting on the patio with her husband.
She says, "I love you so much. I don't know how I could ever live without you."
Her husband asks, "Is that you or the wine talking?"
She replies, "It's me... talking to the wine."



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