​Blending. Art, Science or Artifice?

Posted by Peter Koff MW on 24th May 2019

In our quest to understand wine, particularly in the new world, we are very focused on grape varieties. You walk into a wine bar and order a glass of Chardonnay or a glass of Cabernet. Not only ble … read more

How long should I age a bottle of wine?

Posted by Jay Lee & Peter Koff MW on 1st May 2019

People often ask “When is the optimum time to open this bottle?”Then, I answer, “As soon as possible!”Certainly some wines taste better when they’ve been laid down for years or even decades. And it’ … read more

Oxblood in your wine?

Posted by Jay Lee & Peter Koff MW on 9th Apr 2019

Wine is fined with oxblood or oxblood powder?Not anymore. Oxblood or oxblood powder, or some other types of protein were previously used to fine wine. Wine fining is done to remove particles such a … read more

Growth of DTC (Direct to Consumer). It’s good for you!

Posted by Peter Koff MW on 9th Apr 2019

We have to understand the meaning of DTC in the USA. Since the repeal of prohibition in 1933, numerous systems came into being for getting wine into the hands of consumers. Overall, with many permu … read more