Rare Wines

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Rare Wines Well, there are wines you dream about, and then there are wines you can only dream about. Rarity plays an important role in the pricing of the most expensive wines. They are usually great, but what truly distinguishes these bottles is the fact that there are more people chasing them than there are bottles. It's simple supply and demand.

So, what's an average wine drinker to do? Be happy with what we have. There is no telling how any one bottle of wine might perform on any particular night, and when you pony up for some expensive bottles you bring major expectations along for the ride. The more I drink, the more I realize that my best experiences are almost exclusively when bottles over-perform. If I just dropped major coin on a bottle, it better be perfect. Yet it so rarely is. So, without further ado... rare bottles a.k.a. notorious underperformers!

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  • What a delightful, intelligent article. (And no, this is not Mr. Del Piaz writing under a pseudonym.) WIne has always enjoyed a patina of mystery, and what is more mysterious than something you may never, ever see--let alone taste? I learned quite a bit and enjoyed every minute. Thank you.

    Nov 15, 2010 at 1:49 PM

  • Snooth User: TRRiley
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    I'm only up to the frame on Burgundy. Stopped dead in my tracks. Benjamin Franklin, who graces the US $100 bill, was not a president. He played some ambassadorial roles and had other private duties but he was not an elected federal official.

    Nov 15, 2010 at 5:29 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    It's the vernacular of the day. Dead Presidents = paper currency. Thanks for pointing out the inconsistency though!

    Nov 15, 2010 at 5:46 PM

  • Snooth User: juda
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    Any chance getting some wine reviews from the island of Malta? I hear so much rave and talk about it these days.


    Nov 15, 2010 at 5:50 PM

  • Snooth User: TRRiley
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    Gregory, yes, it's the vernacular and maybe I was just having a pedantry spasm. As soon as I sent it I thought, hmmmm.... but by then it was too late. I'm pretty confident you knew that Franklin never served as chief executive. I'll be less dogmatic next time. Thanks for understanding.

    Nov 15, 2010 at 6:44 PM

  • He was elected Governor of Pennsylvania. Maybe thats what you were thinking about?

    Nov 15, 2010 at 10:19 PM

  • You digress, talking about dead Presidents (or non-presidents as the case may be, - here in the uk we just accept that the great wines are as rare as hen's teeth and that it will take a few of these well earned £'s to acquire one, never mind find it!

    Good article.

    Nov 16, 2010 at 3:32 AM

  • Why bother chasing the elusive quest of others when a "career" of drinking wine in various places will yield up some tastes you will never find again.
    This whole cachet thing of Grange Hermitage or Le Pin or Pingus is best left to the auction houses and Asian collectors.

    Nov 16, 2010 at 4:39 AM

  • Snooth User: PKblue UK
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    I'm from Australia. Grange Hermitage is definitely expensive, but is still reasonably accessible to the 'common folk' (well, for special occasions). I bought one for my Dad in 2001 for a special birthday. It was a 1982 vintage and it cost me A$300. Not cheap, but not crazy either. I was lucky enough that he shared it with me. It was divine! However, I think there are many great wines to have that don't have the super elevated prices of the hyped labels.

    Nov 16, 2010 at 6:17 AM

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