A few days ago, I was on tour in the US to launch the 2011 Vintage Ports. This was a joint exercise with the Taylor Fladgate Group. It was a real pleasure to go on tour together and to share our enthusiasm for this great Vintage with the journalists, members of the trade, and Port lovers from all over the States who came along to the tastings.
Selling art is pretty hard and pretty expensive. Finding buyers can be tough, particularly for expensive works, and US collectors that do sell works pay a higher rate of capital gains tax than they would on most assets.
So it’s understandable that more collectors today use their art collection as collateral for loans instead. In fact, 41% of collectors surveyed in Deloitte’s 2013 Art and Finance Report say they’d consider art-secured lending.
This June 18th marks what would have been Robert Mondavi’s 100th birthday; he passed away in 2008 at the age of 94. It’s been almost six years and we are still commemorating the man who is best known as the Father of American Wine.
Bernard Arnault of LVMH – owner of Hennessy, Moët et Chandon and Chateau Yquem – continues to head up the list of wealthiest wine owners in France, according to the second annual roundup published in Challenges magazine this week.
It is time. After a decade of Esprit de Beaucastel, our flagship wines will bear a new name. Please welcome Esprit de Tablas, to debut this fall with the release of the 2011 vintage. In early 2002, when we made...
I wasn't sure what to expect as I walked into the massive Opus One winery a few weeks ago. The opportunity to survey an estate’s entire production is not something that happens every day. At this level, wines can express so much; the spirit of the people involved, the characteristics of where they are from, and the personality of a vintage.
When the first wine grapes were planted in California by Spanish missionaries in the late 1700s, the Chumash people's economic empire extended from the Malibu shores through Santa Barbara to the Paso Robles plains.