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Holiday Wishes 2013: Under the Tuscan Sun

After 13 years of collecting wine, Yuri Vanetik has focused his sights on what almost all seasoned wine collectors eventually come to prefer: first-growth Bordeaux and Burgundies. “Once your palate evolves, you just end up in Burgundy,” says the 43-year-old oenophile. That doesn’t mean Vanetik can’t also appreciate fine wines from other regions of the […]

A Brilliant Bottle

Louis Roederer has wrapped its Cristal 2002 jeroboam in 23 feet of hand-carved 24-karat-gold latticework ($25,000). Designed by the Paris-based artist Philippe Di Méo, this is the first limited-edition design collaboration from the Champagne house. There are 200 bottles available worldwide, with just 25 in the United States. The complex gold case is created by two goldsmiths over the […]

Cellar Notes: Promise 2012 The Joy Rosé

More than one media mogul has been cautioned to slow down and take a break from the industry. But when Steve McPherson’s wife, Jennifer, gave the then-president of ABC Entertainment this advice, she was in fact reminding him of a pledge he had made years before, on the day they were married. An avid collector […]

Cellar Notes: David Family 2011 Pinot Noir Anderson Valley

The family that owns David Family Wines is not named David. This boutique producer of Pinot Noir based in Santa Rosa, Calif., was founded in 2006 by Michelle Reeves, an entrepreneur from Australia who developed a fascination for wine, particularly Pinot Noir, while living in San Francisco. Enlisting the expertise of master sommelier Emmanuel Kemiji […]

Cellar Notes: Ovid 2009 Napa Valley Red Wine

“Time, motion, and wine,” the Roman poet Ovid wrote, “cause sleep.” One modern admirer of the author of Metamorphoses, however, might argue the opposite—that wine, at least, or the making of it, usually causes a lack of repose. The classicist Mark Nelson and Dana Johnson, a library-sciences expert, underwent a metamorphosis of their own in […]

Cellar Notes: Richard G. Peterson 2004 Brut Rosé

Pedigree, rather than taste, is often the decisive factor in the commercial success of a fine wine. Nowhere perhaps is this more true than in Champagne. No matter how delicate their texture or subtle their flavors, sparkling wines from other regions suffer in the eyes of the untutored for not having been produced in the […]

Cellar Notes: Torbreck 2006 The Laird

Scottish themes abound in the nomenclature of Torbreck, the celebrated Australian winery founded in 1994 by David Powell, who once plied his hand as a lumberjack in a forest in Scotland of the same name. Having gained valuable experience during his tenure at Rockford Wines in the Barossa Valley, Powell decided to strike out on […]

FrontRunners: From the Robb Cellar July 2013

Scottish themes abound in the nomenclature of Torbreck, the celebrated Australian winery founded in 1994 by David Powell, who once plied his hand as a lumberjack in a forest in Scotland of the same name. Having gained valuable experience during his tenure at Rockford Wines in the Barossa Valley, Powell decided to strike out on […]

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