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Wine Spectator: Advice from Insiders
Wine Spectator went straight to the source to find out what experts from action houses and classic retailers have to say about collecting and buying wines.
Sherry Lehmann’s very own Chris Adams was interviewed for the story!
Read the article below.
Where To Drink Now: Sherry-Lehmann’s Rosé Fridays
Everyone knows we love all things rosé, so we are totally on board with Sherry-Lehmann’s “Rosé Fridays,” where guests can enjoy complimentary tastings of the finest rosés available- and you should be, too.
Happening every Friday from 3-5pm at the Park Avenue store now through September 2, Rosé Fridays will be featuring a rotating variety of rosé wines. The series continues tomorrow, July 15th with VieVité rosé, a Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Carignan blend straight from Côtes de Provence and there will be a selection of Italian rosé from Tuscany, Veneto and Campania available on July 22nd.
If you aren’t heading to the beach, this is where you should be starting your weekend drinking.
Rosé all day, right?
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War of rosés in the Hamptons
The rosé wars in the Hamptons are heating up as summer gets into full swing.
VieVité Rosé from Provence, France, is upping its game. Although it’s only five years old, it has shops in all 50 states, and in all the Hamptons hot spots, including Surf Lodge in Montauk, as well as in party cities LA and Miami.
The company rings up 75 percent of its sales in the four months of summer.
VieVité competes head-on with local rosés, including Wolffer Estates, in Sagaponack, NY; the popular Whispering Angel (also Provence); and hotelier Andre Balazs’ rosé (Long Island). But VieVité has a Saint-Tropez pedigree — Domaine Sainte Marie is just west of Saint-Tropez, where it has about 100 acres of land producing the pink-hued rosé.
Owner Tunch Doker was the Champagnes marketing manager for LVMH/Moët Hennessy before starting VieVité with his wife, Aylin Algan Doker.
On the July 4th weekend, he’ll launch a limited edition 15-liter bottle, which, naturally, will be bigger than everyone else’s (it’s the equivalent of 20 bottles) and retails for about $1,200 at liquor stores, including Sherry-Lehmann. But it will go for up to $4,000 at Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa.
DJ and entrepreneur Hannah Bronfman will launch and drink from the huge bottle at Gurney’s on the Fourth.
Other fans of the rosé include Naomi Campbell, Leonardo DiCaprio and Nick Jonas.
Perfect Wines For Your Hamptons House
One of the keys to a perfect summer is a collection of perfect summer wines. Don’t turn to the old standbys – instead treat yourself and your guests to unique wines worth savoring as the sun goes down (or for day drinking — I won’t judge). I asked the experts at Sherry-Lehmann, which offers weekly “Blue Ribbon” delivery service to the Hamptons, the North Fork and Fire Island, to offer some suggestions sure to impress particular guests, while pleasing crowds.
Chateau Montelena, Chardonnay, 2013:https://www.sherry-lehmann.com/white-wine/101073/Chateau-Montelena-Chardonnay-2013
Chardonnay, Napa Valley
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the storied Judgment of Paris, when a group of mostly French wine experts gathered to do a blind tasting pitting New World California chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon against some of the most highly praised producers in France. Even the sponsor of the event, Steven Spurrier, who held the tasting to drum up business for his Paris wine shop, thought there would be no contest. But Chateau Montelena, then a little known producer that had just released its second vintage, bested some of the most influential French chardonnays around, much to the chagrin of the French judges.
While getting your hands on a bottle of that 1973 vintage is nigh impossible, Sherry-Lehmann is offering a perfectly preserved set of bottles ranging from the gracefully aging 2006 to the sprightly 2011. The library set offers two bottles of each vintage – host your own tasting, then choose your favorites for restocking.
Lieu Dit, Sauvignon Blanc, 2014 https://www.sherry-lehmann.com/white-wine/C6554/Lieu-Dit-Sauvignon-Blanc-2014
Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Barbara ($24.95)
Speaking of besting the French, this luscious crisp Sauvignon Blanc tastes of the classic Loire Valley, elevated by a slight hit of California sunshine, which brings a mouth-filling roundness and a hint of honeysuckle. Bright and lemony with a long finish, this will be your go-to summer white. Partners Eric Railsback and Justin Willett launched the winery in 2011, focused exclusively on Loire varietals.
Domaine Gros Nore, Bandol Rose Magnum, 2015 https://www.sherry-lehmann.com/rose-wine/C7177/Domaine-Gros-Nore-Bandol-Rose-Magnum-2015
Rosé, Provence ($29.95)
In a region awash in gorgeous pink wine, Bandol stands apart – and Domaine du Gros Noré is a powerful representation of the region. Crafted from 50 percent Mourvèdre, 25 percent Cinsault and 25 percent Grenache, from vines that average 30 years old, this rosé will travel easily from meat to seafood, displaying just the right balance of finesse and fragility. From the beautiful shimmering salmon color to the nose of crushed raspberries, through the palate of medium weight and bracing minerality, bring this one to the beach. Entertaining a crowd? Sherry-Lehmann offers it by the magnum as well.
Jonata, Cabernet Franc “El Alma”, 2012 :https://www.sherry-lehmann.com/red-wine/101242/Jonata-Cabernet-Franc-El-Alma-2012
Santa Ynez, Central Coast, Calif., Cabernet Franc ($150)
Only 341 cases were produced of this brambly cabernet franc from Ballard Canyon. Good structure, with leather overtones and hints of coffee and bitter chocolate, it is drinking well now but will certainly grow with time. If you aren’t storing it in your wine cellar, stick it in the fridge for five or ten minutes, then serve it with the biggest boldest steak you can find.
Thienot, “Cuvee Alain Thienot”, 2002)https://www.sherry-lehmann.com/white-wine/C5960/Thienot-Cuvee-Alain-Thienot-2002
A gorgeous vintage sparkler for under $100? Absolutely, if you are willing to skip the centuries-old family names for an upstart launched just a few decades ago. 2002 was generally recognized as an excellent year in Champagne, with near perfect weather, and Cuvee Alain Thienot is only made in exceptional years. This classic blend of pinot noir and chardonnay is drinking beautifully right now, with fresh fruit still shining through, and secondary toasty nutty aromas just starting to show. Greet guests with a glass of this on the terrace and they may never leave – or just hide it away to enjoy on your own with a triple crème cheese. Right now, I’m a big fan of Summer Snow from Woodcock Farm in Vermont.
5 Best Wine Stores In New York City
Wine is ideal for celebrating a special occasion, adding some romance to a meal, or turning a ho-hum day into a nicer night (or day). In honor of National Drink Wine Day (Feb. 18), here are our five favorite wine stores in New York City. They range in size, they range in scale, but they all offer a super selection of fermented beverages. By Jessica Allen.
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Appellation Wine & Spirits
156 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
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Appellation takes difference seriously. As the website explains, the store focuses “on producers who depart from the convention of large scale production and make organic, biodynamic, or natural wines. Or, to put it succinctly, we like good wine and we like wine that we believe is good for you.” The West Chelsea store might be small, but the staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and never, ever preachy or pushy. The vibe is more about expanding your mind (and palate), not about getting you to open your wallet.
Astor Wines & Spirits
399 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003
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Every wine connoisseur has his/her favorite wine store, sure, but we’re almost positive that most New York wine lovers would rank Astor pretty high on the list. It’s huge. Really huge. It’s big even by non-New York standards, which is saying something. Amazing selection of wines, sakes, and spirits, reasonable prices, plenty of space for browsing, regular events, same day delivery to most of Manhattan, various wine clubs (including a Top 12 Under $12 Club), free delivery . . . there’s nothing not to love here.
Crush Wine & Spirits
153 East 57th Street
New York, NY 10022
(212) 980-WINE (9463)
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Depending on how much you know about wine, perhaps the first thing you’ll notice about the stock at Crush Wine & Spirits is how it’s stored: this Midtown store maintains a huge wine wall, with each and every bottle lovingly, precisely stored on its side. The store prides itself on being able to deliver quality quaffs at all price points, and its staff includes certified sommeliers and graduates of wine and culinary schools. Free delivery to all five boroughs, and free tastings on Fridays!
Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits
505 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022
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Sherry-Lehmann has been helping people quench their thirst since 1934. Actually, the thirst-quenching assistance started even before that date, when the founder began helping folks out during Prohibition — and developed a reputation for his knowledge of whisky. Fast-forward 80 years, and this wine emporium on the Upper East Side offers a nice stock. The secret, though, is its seemingly bottomless warehouse in Brooklyn. That, and the store’s fun-to-peruse catalog, which they’ve been producing since 1935.
Smith & Vine
268 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
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Smith & Vine gets props for a clever name, and still more props for its strong selection of wines from all over. Frequent tastings coupled with excellent specials makes this Brooklyn shop more than just a neighborhood store. Try one of the “6 Packs to Go” (six bottles), or browse the nicely curated group of bottles for $12 and under. There are regular Happy Hours in which various types of booze gets discounted. Who was it that said, “Great wine is great, but great wine on special is even greater”? Oh, yeah, it was us.
Impact Retailer Panel Tackles Consolidation, Craft, Delivery And Other Hot Topics
With a number of powerful cross-currents—including the craft movement, distributor consolidation, home-delivery and the fickle tastes of younger consumers—increasingly influencing the drinks retail landscape in the U.S, the Impact Seminar convened a panel of the market’s leading players to weigh in on current conditions.
The group included Chris Adams, CEO of New York’s Sherry-Lehmann; Michael Binstein, owner of Chicago-based Binny’s Beverage Depot; Christian Navarro, a partner in Los Angeles-based Wally’s Wine & Spirits; and John Rydman, CEO of Houston-based Spec’s Wines, Spirits and Finer Foods.
Moderated by SND and Impact executive editor David Fleming, the conversation kicked off with comments on the consolidation wave in progress in the middle tier, led by the creation of Southern Glazer’s and Breakthru Beverage. Spec’s Rydman noted that while it’s too early to tell what the ultimate effects of the recent distributor mergers will be, he spoke out against any potential initiatives that would winnow the number of products available and result in an overemphasis on top brands. Sherry-Lehmann’s Adams added that he’s hoping the current phase of consolidation can be accomplished with minimal market disruption, and Navarro opined that we could see “a renaissance of microdistributors,” which would be geared toward handling handcrafted products. Binstein, meanwhile, said he was “not an alarmist” about consolidation at the middle tier. But he described the current state of beer distribution as oppressive for the 4,000 U.S. breweries now trying to get their wares to market. “It’s easier to get an annulment from the Vatican than to divorce an A-B or MillerCoors distributor,” he quipped.
The retail power-players generally agreed that the Millennial segment is the key driver of craft category growth across the market, and Adams and Navarro emphasized the importance of providing “bespoke events” for the younger set, which is particularly receptive to experiential marketing. Navarro said Wally’s has had success engaging Millennials at events like the Coachella music festival, which enable the brand to “get out into the community beyond our brick and mortar space.” Binny’s is striving to create a “melting pot” at its stores, said Binstein, with a focus on collecting customer info and then micro-marketing to address specific needs. The marketing approach used to be the equivalent of “carpet-bombing (through newspaper ads),” he explained. “Now it’s more like a series of surgical strikes.”
With the discussion shifting to the rise of e-commerce and drinks delivery, Rydman said that Spec’s partnership with delivery provider Instacart remains a small percentage of the business for now, but “it’s getting some legs.” One challenge in this era of instant gratification is getting consumers to accept that in many cases such deliveries may take a couple hours to arrive, Rydman cautioned. At Wally’s, Internet sales are growing quickly, Navarro noted, and the company is investing in the space to stay ahead of the curve. Binny’s too is participating in the growth in the delivery segment—recently forging its own agreement with Instacart—but Binstein said he still regards it as a missed opportunity if customers eschew an actual trip to one of his stores. Speaking more broadly on industry-wide dynamics, Binstein called for a renewed commitment to communication among the tiers, heralding “a new era of engagement,” which would enable all players to more effectively key in on specific opportunities in local markets, rather than applying a blanket approach.
The Joy of Building a Custom Wine Cellar
by Joel Stein
from Bloomberg Pursuits Magazine
There aren’t actually that many ways to make sure everyone who comes to your house knows you’re rich. They might not know who Basquiat is or have any idea that vase is from the Ming dynasty and not Cost Plus World Market. But when guests see my wine cellar, they know for certain that I’m a horrifying snob.
That wasn’t, however, the main reason I had a wine cellar installed underneath the Los Angeles house I bought last year. I did it because I’m an idiot. We’re living in a time when there’s no need to age wine yourself. You can buy old bottles online or at stores. If you need a range of young wine to match your dinners, you can shove 28 bottles into a $250 wine refrigerator. And if you can’t stop yourself from buying two cases of magnum Bordeaux from the year your son was born so he can drink them 16 years later, you can put them in a locker in a wine storage facility, along with 10 other cases, for $170 a year, like I did while my cellar was being built.
I totally forget what King Lear said “reason not the need” about, but it was probably his wine cellar. So, yes, I spent $18,000 on a room to house the equivalent of adult baseball cards. I know that I could have used that money to buy 30 bottles of 1964 Château Latour, while, instead, I now own zero bottles of 1964 Château Latour. But I love my wine cellar. I look forward to going downstairs before dinner and peacefully deciding on the perfect bottle. And while I vowed to never again place emotion in objects after my parents sold our house and junked all my stuff, I still secretly delight in collecting.
My cellar was the only thing in my restored 1928 house that I was excited to help design. I met with three wine cellar companies, ultimately choosing the guy who suggested double-racking the bottom half but not the top so it didn’t feel claustrophobic. He understood that this wasn’t just about fitting in lots of wine. It was a meditation room.
I pored over sketches, deciding that lighting the display shelf was ostentatious—but using an old wine barrel as a table to rest cases on as I unpacked them was completely reasonable. Lining the ceiling with panels from wooden wine crates seemed like a good idea until I held a couple up and realized it was too teenage basement. Then I hung a black iron chandelier that looks perfect for a wine cellar owned by Dracula. This was a man cave for men who hate man caves.
I painted the walls chocolate brown before putting the racks up, so the empty slots wouldn’t look so obvious. I devoted 15 percent to magnums, made a space for eight crates, and got little cradles for my 6-liter bottles so I could show them off on the shelf that runs along the edges of the room. And, even though light isn’t good for wine, I put in a UV-protected glass door on the cellar so you could see it all from my home office.
You can certainly spend a lot more money than I did. My cellar holds only 800 bottles, is 55 square feet, and is in the cheapest, unfinished wood—alder—that the company offered. Here’s a list of the unchecked items on my proposal: base molding, crown molding, lighted Roman arch, drawers, diamond-shaped bins, liquor cabinets, stemware racks, curved corner racking, “cascade,” and “peninsula.” Christine Hawley, a cellar designer in New York who’s married to the chief executive officer of the wine shop Sherry-Lehmann, says her average cost is $500,000 and includes items such as the terra cotta wall relief of Bacchus for David Koch’s Aspen, Colo., home. I felt pretty good that my wine cellar sounded classier than Koch’s.
But as much as I enjoyed designing my small cellar, I really loved setting up my own private store. I shunted the New World bottles to the area near the cooling unit and gave France more space than it’s had since it sold the Louisiana Purchase. I decided, as cool as they looked, there would be no more than two dead soldiers on the display rack, because the purpose of a refrigerated room is to house bottles that still have wine in them.
Every other room in my house has a necessary purpose: cooking, working, sleeping, TV-ing. But this is the fun room, the irrational exuberance room, the room that has no chance of recouping its value when we sell the house. I’m only slightly less ashamed of it than I’m proud of it. But at least it’s causing me to throw a lot more dinner parties. Not because I have all this wine to serve, but because I need people to show my cellar to.
Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA and Robert Trent Jones, Jr., unveil Mouton Cadet Ryder Cup Special Cuvee
Published: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 | 7:57 p.m.
NEW YORK, N.Y., March 23, 2016 – To celebrate Mouton Cadet – @MoutonCadetUS – as the Official Wine of the 2016 Ryder Cup, Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA has partnered with wine lover and legendary golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. to design this year’s Ryder Cup limited edition. This special Mouton Cadet cuvée will be the official wine of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota – Sept. 27-Oct. 2, 2016 – allowing wine lovers and golf enthusiasts a chance to enjoy a part of one of the most prestigious sport events in the world.
“The relationship between Mouton Cadet and the Ryder Cup began in Europe at the 2014 tournament, played in Gleneagles, Scotland. The partnership aligns two like-minded pursuits – golf and wine – and we are delighted to join the Ryder Cup on this side of the Atlantic for the very first time,” added Hugues Lechanoine, Managing Director of Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA. “When I met Robert Trent Jones, Jr., we discussed links between golf and wine, and he spontaneously said yes to working on the design of our Ryder Cup Cuvée. We are delighted to collaborate with him on this exciting and meaningful project.”
Robert Trent Jones, Jr. started his career as a caddie or “cadet” of his own father, Robert Trent Jones, while learning the skills employed by golf architects. Robert Trent Jones and his sons are the only family to have created multiple original Ryder Cup courses. Hazeltine National Golf Club holds a particular significance, as his father created its original design for the 1970 U.S. Open, which Trent Jones Jr. attended with his family and later celebrated that event with his own original design of the 2015 U.S. Open course, Chambers Bay.
With that history as inspiration, Trent Jones, Jr. sketched an idea for a bottle design of Mouton Cadet Ryder Cup Special Cuvée, a drawing of a caddie – which serves as a tribute to his father, as well as to Baron Philippe de Rothschild, creator of Mouton Cadet and “cadet” of his own family.
“I am extremely honored to partner with Mouton Cadet on the design of this bottle,” added Trent Jones, Jr. “Wine – like golf – is about passion, respect for nature, etiquette and sharing moments in life. A golf course architect and a winemaker share a similar approach to their work: cultivating the land they are given, being true to the environment, enhancing the most pleasing elements of a landscape or a wine, providing either course challenges or tasting pleasures. The Ryder Cup brings together great golfers for a competition where team spirit means more than individual performance, exactly as blending wine brings more than one single varietal to create a special cuvée.”
The Mouton Cadet Ryder Cup Special Cuvée will be available from the end of March at Hazeltine National Golf Club , as well as fine retailers in New York such as Sherry Lehmann (SRP $14.99). Starting in the summer of 2016, it will also be sold in selected markets (Florida, Illinois, California, Texas, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Minnesota). The wine will also be served at Hazeltine National Golf Club during the 2016 Ryder Cup from Sept. 27−Oct. 2, 2016. Follow @MoutonCadetUS on Instagram for news and updates on Mouton Cadet, Official Wine of the 2016 Ryder Cup.
About Mouton Cadet
Produced by the family-owned French company Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Mouton Cadet was created in 1930 and has remained true to its origins whilst evolving into what has now become the world’s leading brand of Bordeaux AOC wines. Sold in 150 countries around the world, Mouton Cadet has been associated since its creation with exclusive and prestigious events, including the Cannes International Film Festival, where it has been Official Supplier since 1992. Mouton Cadet is now involved in golf as Official Supplier to the European Tour and to the 2016 & 2018 Ryder Cups.
About Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
In a career spanning more than four decades, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. has designed more than 270 golf courses in more than 40 countries on six continents. His courses have won countless awards and accolades, been ranked among the best layouts throughout the world, and hosted tournaments on every major golf tour. The Robert Trent Jones name has become a trademark, assuring a well-crafted golf venue set comfortably in its natural environment.
About the 2016 Ryder Cup
The Ryder Cup, among the last great professional sporting events where winning, and not prize money, is its own reward, spans 40 competitions over 88 years. The competition was born in 1927, when enterprising English seed merchant Samuel Ryder commissioned the casting of a gold chalice that bears his name. The U.S. Team defeated Great Britain, 9 1/2 to 2 1/2, in the inaugural matches in Worcester, Mass.
The Iconic Louis XIII Cognac is Now Available in Miniature Form
Richard Carleton Hacker
May 15, 2016
One of the most captivating and instantly recognizable decanters on any home wet bar or cocktail lounge back bar is the elegant handblown Baccarat crystal decanter that contains Louis XIII Cognac, a harmonious blend of Grande Champagne Cognacs composed of 1,200 eaux-de-vie ranging in age from 40 to 100 years. Rich with floral fruits and spices, and priced at $3,000, the Louis XIII is one of the most costly and luxurious digestifs in the world.
- See more at: http://robbreport.com/wine-spirits-cigars/iconic-louis-xiii-cognac-now-available-miniature-form#sthash.HB8qkfQG.dpuf
But not every occasion calls for a 750 mL format of Louis XIII. To answer the need for a smaller size—one suitable for travel or as a gift—Rémy Martin has introduced a 50 mL Louis XIII Miniature ($600), a smaller version of the iconic Baccarat crystal decanter, trimmed in gold, crowned with the same historic fleur-de-lis stopper, and containing the same celebrated Cognac. Encased in a red leather gift box and available as a limited but permanent edition to the Louis XIII collection, with only a few being released each year, this miniature decanter is now available at fine wine and liquor shops nationwide and available online at Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits. Which is to say, the same Cognac once served on the famed Orient Express can now be enjoyed wherever a carry-on bag can take it. (louisxiii-cognac.com) – See more at: http://robbreport.com/wine-spirits-cigars/iconic-louis-xiii-cognac-now-available-miniature-form#sthash.HB8qkfQG.dpuf
You Can Now Buy a Bottle of Louis XIII Cognac for $600
Louis XIII Cognac—one of the world’s most coveted and expensive spirits—has just released a 50ml bottle: The Louis XIII Miniature.
And this is great news for enthusiasts of the fine spirit, which typically retails for a minimum of $3,000. (Some vintages, such as the Rare Casks and the Black Pearl Anniversary Edition, can set collectors back five figures.)
“We are thrilled to provide consumers with an option to experience one century in a bottle in a small-sized decanter,” says Yves de Launay, vice president of Rémy Cointreau U.S.A. “The Louis XIII Miniature is a true luxury that can either be offered as a gift or for your own personal enjoyment.”
Louis XIII Miniature
The Louis XIII Miniature—which has a suggested retail price of $600—comes in a 50ml Baccarat crystal decanter and its own coffret. It should also be available at most fine wine and liquor shops nationwide (such as Sherry-Lehmann, Zachy’s, and more).
It should be noted that the Miniature is not a diluted or inferior version of the traditional 750ml vessel. And it’s also not being marketed as a limited-edition offering—so yes, it’d make for an exquisite 21st birthday or Valentine’s gift. It’s created with the same craft and care: The Cognac is created by blending up to 1,200 eaux-de-vie. And it even comes packaged in its own small coffret and gold-adorned Baccarat decanter.
For those who have yet to experience Louis XIII, the business move on Rémy Cointreau’s part to create the Miniature presents an incredible opportunity to try something spectacularly rarefied for a fraction of the cost.
Wealthy guests fête Carnegie Hall cello documentary
December 14, 2015 – "About 100 well-heeled guests attended a fundraiser dubbed Chopin and Champagne at the Fifth Avenue home of Susan and Charles Avery Fisher for the upcoming documentary “10,000 Hours.”
The in-the-works film’s about the Getting to Carnegie Hall cello competition created by artist Julian Gargiulo.
He started the competition for aspiring violinists before moving on to the new instrument, with the cello players battling it out Jan. 17.
Up-and-coming talent performed to bubbly served by sommelier Kevin Zraly and Sherry-Lehmann."
Millennials And Wine: A New Generation Grows Up
December 2015 – "As their buying power grows, younger drinkers develop a palate for wine.
Marketers have known for years that millennials are the future of the wine business. Defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as those born between 1982 and 2000, millennials number 83.1 million—a quarter of the population of the United States. Although some haven’t yet reached legal drinking age, the millennial demographic as a whole is larger than the baby-boom generation—and it has very different wine tastes, driven by a passion for quality, authenticity and discovery…."
What $10,000+ Bottles of Liquor Should You Buy This Holiday Season?
December 11, 2015 – “Are five-and six-figure liquors worth the price? Sherry-Lehmann CEO Chris Adams talks ultra-premium luxury, who’s buying, and why?…”
5 reasons Champagne is surprisingly good for you
December 9, 2015 – "We ought to feel sorry for Champagne. So often dismissed as a luxury or party accessory, it rarely gets the chance to be heralded in its own right as a serious drink for everyday consumption.
But bubbly is actually one of the most wholesome booze options, with surprising health benefits that make it perfect not just for the holiday season but also a Tuesday Netflix night. Here’s why…."
Five Extravagant Gifts For The Wine And Spirits Lover
November 28, 2015 – Featuring Sherry-Lehmann and Sherry-Lehman’s Founder’s Reserve Armagnac $90 – $3,295
Australian Wines: Rising From Down Under
November 2015 – “Burdened by supply and pricing problems over the years, Australia’s winemakers are now seeking higher ground….”
Penfolds: An Australian Classic
October 2015 – "With a portfolio of both iconic and everyday wines, Penfolds is getting a renewed focus.
In September, Penfolds wines were poured at official Emmy Awards parties, and each Primetime Emmy winner received a bottle of 2012 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz in a commemorative wooden box. This partnership is just one of several efforts Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is making to support the iconic Australian brand in the U.S. marketplace…."
Seal the Deal: Big Red Wines
October 14, 2015 – “The most sought-after red wines are an internationally established currency of celebration, an extravagant appreciation of a partnership well conducted, a favor duly noted, a relationship worth toasting….”
This article will also be in Forbes’ November 2, 2015 Issue.
Diamonds and 5 Other Luxuries That Are Getting Cheaper
September 14, 2015 – "After years of belt-tightening, Americans may finally be getting back in the mood to live a little: Consumer sentiment, despite the stock market’s recent hiccup, is back to levels not seen since 2007.
And it turns out this may be a good time to buy. In reporting the upcoming MONEY magazine feature “What to Do With $1000 Now,” we learned that many luxury goods—from diamonds to Swiss watches—are either coming down in price or becoming more accessible, with companies offering less-expensive lines in an attempt to draw in more customers.
Always a good time for rosé
August 20, 2015 – “When spring and summer approach, we read many articles extolling the greatness of dry rosé and its compatibility with these warmer seasons. Now that summer is winding down, many of us “automatically” begin looking to the more robust wines we’ve become accustomed to for the cooler months ahead. But one thing I’ve learned is not to abandon my love of dry rosé regardless of the temperature outside….”
Is Tequila the New Scotch?
July 23, 2015 – "There’s a new slow sipper in town.
‘Tequila has come a very long way from its early harsh days and its blue collar palates,’ says Iñaki Orozco, who founded Riazul Tequila and recently organized a seminar on sipping tequilas at New Orleans’ Tales of the Cocktail. ‘It grew in popularity, driving refinement, and a few pioneer brands have successfully positioned high-end tequila on par with Scotch and Cognac in terms of sipping appeal, especially in the añejo category.’
So sit back, grab a few of these bottles, and see for yourself why tequila is well on its way to becoming the next liquor to appeal to sippers worldwide…."