Wine sales expected to make further gains in 2017: Live-Ex

Industry report via Live-Ex  11 March 2017 Merchants are predicting further gains for the industry benchmark Liv-ex 100 index, which gained 25% in 2016. Liv-ex members are expecting the fine wine market to rise further in 2017, according to the results of a survey conducted in February.  On average, respondents expect the industry benchmark Liv-ex […]

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Hockney graces Mouton

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 9 February 2017 What is it about Mouton Rothschild that makes it so appealing? The wine in the bottle can be amazing. Sure, it is far too expensive for most of us mere mortals. At least it has become so – like the other first growths. I still recall a time […]

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Price-worthy Bordeaux 2014: Live-Ex weighs in

Special Report: Bordeaux 2014 – where is the value? Submitted by Liv-Ex in London 3 February 2017 As Bordeaux 2014 is released in bottle, Liv-ex takes a closer look at it in terms of price, quality and value compared to other vintages. 2014 is the first recent vintage that has not been reviewed by Robert Parker. […]

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Fit for a wine groundhog 2017

Top Bordeaux back to 1970, with Marla Maples By Panos Kakaviatos for Wine-Chronicles.com  3 February 2017 Bravo to Kevin Shin for making this happen. The DCWino is in top form. And I got to meet some new wine-loving friends in the area as well as seeing old friends. Once again, we found ourselves at Ripple. […]

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Diamonds in the rough: Cru Bourgeois 2014

Heterogeneous in quality, the sprawling cru bourgeois category from Bordeaux also can mean diamonds in the rough (This is part 2 of a two-part article on affordable Bordeaux. For part 1, click here.) 22 January 2017 By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com I recently visited Washington D.C.-based fine wine importer/retailer Calvert Woodley. Owner Ed Sands said that shelf space for […]

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Randy McFarlane’s feast of wine at 1789

Haut Brion, Climens, Dom Ruinart, Dauvissat, Barolo – and so much more By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 4 January 2017 Leave it to Randy McFarlane to organize such a great event. I have known Randy and his wife Caroline for over 10 years now, and we get together annually on several occasions to drink and […]

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Wines that won’t wilt your wallet #Bdx15

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 24 July 2016 In celebrated Bordeaux vintages, consumers may find that prices are out of reach. Sure, wines like Ducru Beaucaillou and Léoville Las Cases are excitingly delicious, but not all us mortals can afford them. A sign of a top vintage is finding barrel samples that please your palate across all […]

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Intriguingly Pauillac #Bdx15

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  7 May 2016 People expecting 2010 style power and evident tannin from Pauillac in 2015 – with all the hype of a “great” vintage – were left scratching their heads. While you find gems here, many samples exuded more charm than power. Indeed, I found barrel samples from both Château […]

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Pessac-Léognan (and Graves) pizzaz #Bdx15

And why dry extract matters By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 4 May 2016 Perhaps my overall favorite region in Bordeaux is the Graves region, which includes the since 1987 created Pessac-Léognan appellation that gathers such famous estates of the northern Graves, from Haut Brion and Pape Clement to Haut Bailly and Domaine de Chevalier. It is […]

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Saint Julien #bdx15: subtle, suave, successful

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  1 May 2016 2015 was a successful vintage for Saint Julien, with expected elegance combined with Cabernet driven structure. While some tasters seemed a touch under-whelmed, I was happy with most of the wines from this affable appellation. And boy-oh-boy Léoville Las Cases and Ducru Beaucaillou were both amazing – […]

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