Reg’s Wine Blog – Post # 63, How to Wine Show, October 29, 2018

In this blog I am going to give you some tips on “How to Wine Show”, to get maximum value out of your time at a wine show. I am also going to give you an amusing wine trade’s perspective on how we, the general public, present ourselves to the trade when we attend their shows. The season for wine trade shows is upon us once again. As in previous years I will once again be attending this year’s La Grande Dégustation scheduled for November 1st – November 3rd at Place Bonaventure in downtown Montreal. This is the largest wine trade show in eastern Canada, always well attended (Quebecers love their wine). This year’s themes will be Italian wines, the Pinot Gris grape, and Gin. Tickets are $18.00 at the door, or $15.00 if bought in advance. Tasting coupons are $1.00 each, and most wines will cost between $3.00...

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Reg’s Wine Blog – Post # 61, The Parker 100s, How Much Will It Cost to Buy a Robert M. Parker 100 Point Perfect Wine? September 3, 2018.

(Readers please note that this blog post was originally published on September 3, 2018, and was republished on September 13, 2018 after our site was hacked). Robert M. Parker is well known worldwide as the premier wine taster and critic over the last 40 years (1978- 2018). His opinions moved wine markets and certainly influenced prices for individual wines. Winemakers would covet a high score from Robert Parker, and curse a low score. Over the 40 years that Robert has been active as a wine critic, he tasted and rated tens of thousands of wines and built a cult following (those who subscribed to The Wine Advocate) who based most of their buying decisions on his ratings. So much so that the “Holy Grail” in wine collecting often became the number of Robert Parker 100’s (100 point or perfect wines) that you had in your cellar. Some would call...

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Reg’s Wine Blog – Post # 60, Bordeaux 2017 Vintage, Are Bordeaux Futures Still Relevant? August 8, 2018.

(Readers please note this blog was originally published August 8, 2018, and had to be republished again September 12, 2018 after our site had been hacked, Reg.) Every year in April the world’s leading wine critics, tasters and buyers gather in Bordeaux and taste barrel samples of the previous year’s harvest, now safely at rest in barrels for the next 18 – 24 months. The wine world waits with baited breath for critics to release their preliminary ratings, and those tasting scores set the stage for opening prices to be established for the upcoming “En Primeur” or “Futures” offerings by the leading Négotiants or wine distributors, once the Chateaux have set their prices and allotments to those various distributors have been made. Readers of my previous blogs will recall that I wrote all about the 2015 vintage in post # 22 June 14th, 2016, and again in post #...

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Reg’s Wine Blog – Post # 62 – Reg’s Wine Blog Got Hacked!

Last Saturday Reg’s Wine Blog got hacked, taken offline over the weekend and replaced with a spam website. We took immediate action to remove the spam content and restore the blog to its original form, although a couple of the blog posts (60 and 61) were not restored. I intend to have both those blog posts added back within the next few days. Luckily there was no breach of data or data loss, it was just someone spreading spam content. This hurts me deeply because I love sharing my experience and stories about wine, and when I saw that spammers were trying to take over my content for their own benefit it was both frustrating and disappointing. The very last thing that I would ever want is to share spam content or unwanted advertising, as you may have noticed my site does not have advertisement banners on it because I...

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Reg’s Wine Blog – Post # 59, You Can’t Take It With You, April 6, 2018.

As far as I know, when you pass away your wine collection does not die with you. It also does not get buried with you, in fact it survives you. However, unlike jewelry or fine art, fine wine does have its own limited life span, and as its owner it is up to you to decide what to do with your wine rather than let someone else decide for you. Do you have a plan for your wine? Most people do not, and if you are an aging baby boomer now in your late 60’s or early 70’s, you need to start working on your wine collection escape plan! Wine collectors are strange people, and they do strange things. Let’s all agree on one thing, if you are over 75 and you still have a wine cellar containing 1,000 bottles or more, then you have a few screws loose,...

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