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Happy Birthday The Wine Cellar Insider Celebrates 3 Years Online!

The Wine Cellar Insider has been online 3 years. Happy Third Birthday! OK, this is a slightly belated birthday for The Wine Cellar Insider and an up-date on what we have been doing and plan to do over the next several months. But a lot has been going on behind the scenes, keeping us busy, starting with the new look and [...]

Robert Parker sues Antonio Galloni for Fraud, Breach of Contract

The Wine Advocate filed a lawsuit against their former wine reviewer Antonio Galloni today! Galloni previously wrote wine reviews for Robert Parker and The Wine Advocate, covering California, Italy, Burgundy and Champagne. CIVIL ACTION NO. 1:13-cv-827 The action is for "Fraud, Breach of Contractual Obligations and the int [...]

Eric Asimov Interview How he Learned to Love Wine

Eric Asimov Interview "How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto" Eric Asimov is interesting, opinionated, smart and sure of himself. He maintains quixotic notions about wine and wine appreciation. Like a fine wine, Asimov has depth and complexity. I found him very forward and upfront about his views. Eric Asimov is n [...]

Liv-ex Wants to Change How Fine Wine is Bought Sold and Exchanged

Liv-ex, short for London International Vintners Exchange, was founded in 1999 by James Miles and Justin Gibbs.  Liv-ex set out with the admirable goal of changing how the fine wine trade would operate after hundreds of years of tradition. Using their background in finance, Liv-ex strove to add higher levels of efficiency [...]

More Bad News for Rudy Kurniawan, Judge Rules Against Kurniawan Again!

Breaking news on Rudy Kurniawan.  Spoiler alert. It's not good news for Rudy! And the hits just keep on coming. When news that Federal Judge Richard Berman ruled the FBI had probable cause to search the home of Rudy Kurniawan broke, wine lovers all of the world rejoiced! Now that Judge Berman ruled that the searc [...]

Jean Guillame Prats Leaving Cos d'Estournel in Shocking News!

Jean Guillaume Prats, the young, brash and accomplished head and face of Chateau Cos d’Estournel is leaving the famous property that he is quite connected with. Before Jean Guillaume Prats began to manage the historic, St. Estephe chateau, it was owned by his father, Bruno Prats.  After his family sold the estate, so [...]

Over 100 Years of Experience Tasting Bordeaux Wine Barrel Samples!

[caption id="attachment_20119" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Barry Phillips Derek Smedley Farr Vintners"][/caption]   Tasting young Bordeaux wine in barrel is an art.  To gain a good understanding of the wines and the region, you need to taste a lot of Bordeaux wines, especially if you want to barrel tast [...]