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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Reg’s Wine Blog – Post # 58, How Much Wine is Good for You, March 16, 2018.

In my previous blog Post # 57, published March 1st, I talked about warning labels on alcohol. Specifically I talked about how the Yukon Liquor Corporation embarked on a warning label program last November and promptly suspended it one month later. You may recall they were using two warning labels, one saying “Alcohol can cause breast, colon, and other cancers”, and the other saying “To reduce health risks, drink no more than 2 (for a woman) or 3 (for a man) standard drinks a day. Plan two or more non-drinking days each week”. So you cannot be blamed for wondering if wine or alcohol is good for you at all, and if so in how much quantity, and why it is good for you. Let’s take a look at some of the latest thinking on this subject. A recently published article (February 2, 2018) written by Iben Lundgaard et...

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Reg’s Wine Blog – Post # 57, Warning Labels on Alcohol, March 1, 2018

In November 2017 the Yukon Liquor Corporation (the Yukon being a territory of Canada) began slapping warning labels on wines and spirits in their Whitehorse liquor stores. One warning label stated that “Alcohol can cause breast, colon, and other cancers”, while another says “To reduce health risks, drink no more than 2 (for a woman) or 3 (for a man) standard drinks a day. Plan two or more non-drinking days each week”. This caused quite a predictable negative reaction from alcohol producer groups such as The Beer Canada Trade Group, the Canadian Vintners Association, and Spirits Canada. Within a month the labels were gone and the experiment was put on hold, back to the drawing board for further study. When I looked further into the news reports on this event I learned that this program was federally financed by our tax dollars, and led by the director of the...

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