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A MAILBAG COLUMN FROM AN ECCENTRIC SOMMELIER
Alas, the sun has crossed the celestial equator from north to south. Summer is now quite uneasy, shifting into fall in the north, while life is springing into action down south. What a beautiful time of the year! When grapes are cut from the vine to create new wine,...
We humans are bold if nothing else. Unlike any other species (that we know of), only we have chosen time and again to go boldly where no other has gone before. This holds especially true to the modern European, the first to really “discover” ignorance. Though they...
What’s My Next Question? On a random day like today 11 years ago, a legendary Harvard Law professor and lawyer, Benjamin Kaplan, died at 99 years of age. A rich, marked life that left an impact long after his last breathe. Apart from influencing the likes of Ruth...
Wines that Make You Look Up Can you imagine having a device that magnifies your view and never thinking to look up, never pointing it toward the sky? Until August 25, 1609, nobody had. Enter Galileo Galilee, the man who changed the way we see and interpret all that is...
On August 11, 1888, The Scientific American published its 658th issue, replete with exciting findings. From “A Study on Whirlwinds,” to “The Distillation of Peppermint" and thoughts on the human conscious, this popular science magazine had already been around since...
What do former First Lady of the United States, Mrs Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and our Émeri Cuvée wine have in common?
On July 28, an icon was born. A lady with poise, mystery and bravery. A lady so well known, yet little understood. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Jackie O. As the First Lady and alive, or just a memory in 2021, Jackie stood out. Great Châteaus are a lot like that too,...
Wine pairs fine with jazz, rock, blues, pop, hip-hop and other music genres. Meet dozens of wine-related songs and tune in to an exclusive playlist for a sip
Billionaire François Pinault, who owns Château Latour, is urging fellow producers to save FC Girondins de Bordeaux from bankruptcy. Can it prosper?
Options to manage your cellar; acquaint with oenophiles; compare prices and vintages; develop tasting profiles; meet new styles; buy bottles and find pairings
Founder’s view | Thinking outside the bottle
Amid bumps and threats across life and finance, relations are the most valuable assets one has. There is always time to look back and make things better
Building a sound strategy for your resources in the face of inflation and worsening living standards has become more crucial than ever
Away from falsely reassuring economic news, seeking alternative financial strategies is inevitable in the face of low interest rates and looming inflation
It takes personal trust to let the next generation run its own course in a world where everything and everyone are being homogenized
The pandemic shows that small things that were once taken for granted can simply vanish, in both our economic and social lives
Although frequently overlooked, communicating is an art that needs to be practiced and mastered at all levels.
A Mailbag Column from an Eccentric Sommelier
DEAR READER, I hope some of you learned from the reader letter last week [hyperlink to Week Ten post] and checked your attics! You never know how much wine sits above you, waiting to be uncorked and decanted—on someone else’s dime! Dear Sommelier Ferdinand, I have a...
DEAR READER, It’s come to my attention that many of you are ill-informed, misinformed, and frankly, uninformed about how wine is to be consumed. Were I only a wine enthusiast, it would be wholly dispiriting. But—wine is my profession, and I’m obligated to recognize...
DEAR READER, Through all the melodrama of the past few weeks, I’ve neglected to educate the newcomers about the art of winetasting. So, I dug deep into my inbox for this query: Sommelier Ferdinand, I went to a ball last night and wasn’t aware of the proper pre-drink...
DEAR READER, I’ve heard what you’ve all had to say, and I’ve decided to reach out to Jerry, once again, to bury the hatchet. Who’s to say if he would be open to making amends… but I made the effort, on behalf of all you insightful readers! I’ll keep you all updated on...
DEAR READER, Something unprecedented has happened. My assistant has received an additional letter from Jerry. Remember him—from last week [READ HERE] Well, our beloved wine purist wrote back after reading yesterweek’s column: Sommelier Ferdinand, I don’t care about...
What an experience, to receive all your criticisms. That would shake any normal individual. But I’ve spent years having my judgments under a microscope, so I’ve learned to shut my doors to it. You are all welcome to try—but I won’t be changing any time soon! Speaking...
On July 21, 2007, J.K. Rowling released her seventh and final book of a most memorable series. In just 24 hours, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows sold more than 11 million copies! On that same day, in a land more fascinating than Hogwarts, Seña 2007 was getting...
Our Chief Wine Officer makes a deep overview of the best in the biggest wine producing country — and home to some of the best wines in the world
Strong, fresh, silky and with raisin-like aromas and coffee-dominant palate, this fine Portuguese muscat exhibits many pleasant facets
Our Chief Wine Officer makes a quick but deep overview of the unmissable traits of the French region that makes the finest sparkling wines in the world
The Alti Wine Exchange Chief Wine Officer makes a quick but deep overview of the unmissable investment-grade fine and rare wines from Burgundy
The Alti Wine Exchange Chief Wine Officer makes a quick but deep overview of the unmissable investment-grade fine and rare wines from Bordeaux
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Fine and rare wines have enjoyed robust performance and low volatility in comparison to markets during Covid, gaining further room in diversified portfolios
Free contents, reports and overviews by our experts will help you make the best decisions for profit and protection – and also enjoy the best investment-grade wines
Given the reputation of fine wine as an investment asset, we track price performance and potential returns. Meet the Alti Wine Exchange Internal Index.
Despite the pandemic, the industry came through in 2020. Challenges remain with Covid, economic scenario and tariffs. Here’s how to avoid volatility.
Some think of jewellery, art, rare watches, handbags, stamps or classic cars. Consumer collectible items such as fine wines are great boosts to a portfolio
Diversify and commit yourself to a small share of alternative investments as fine and rare wines to build a strong portfolio that will withstand uncertainties
Uncertainties aggravated by the pandemic reinforce how assets like fine and rare wines fare as profitable long-term investments
Wine investment is great for your portfolio, especially if you make sure to go for age-worthy options with provenance and stored under the best conditions
While stocks, bonds, real estate and other assets go for tipping points, ‘underdog’ real assets can safeguard you from their downfalls