Entries by Maureen

What Aaron Enjoys to Drink

By: Aaron Patrick While studying for the Somm exam, Chai Consulting’s Cellar Manager is often asked what his favorite wine is. His response? That’s like asking a mother with a 100 kids which is her favorite! I mean she has it narrowed down to her top ten on any given day, but she can’t pick […]

Why Authentication is Relevant to the Institute of Masters of Wine

By: Siobhan Turner As the former Executive Director of the Institute of Masters of Wine, what was the relevance of wine authentication to the organization? Wow!  This is a difficult question to answer, and it must be done from a number of different perspectives. The first, and easiest, way to tackle this question is to […]

A Personal View on Why Authentic Wine is Important

By: Siobhan Turner   My friends often have quite a warped view of my job.  When I say I am going to authenticate a bottle of wine, they somehow picture a lovely restaurant, or a charming villa in Tuscany (if I am travelling) and me gleefully pronouncing that the bottle of ’61 Petrus is a […]

Authentication Training London & HK

Presentations & TCM Authentication® Training London: 30th November & 2nd December, 2016 Hong Kong: 6th – 9th February, 2017   Authentication Clinic: Bring us your bottles for Authentication 10th February, 2017 Grand Hyatt, Hong Kong For the first time ever, the Chai Consulting, LLC team is going on the road to give Wine Fraud & […]

The Wine Show

From the Wine Show website, Matthew Goode and Matthew Rhys star in this series about the stories behind some of the world’s most fascinating wines. In their villa HQ in the Italian hills they turn the tables on wine expert Joe Fattorini and send him off to find a wine that breaks all the rules. […]

Bordeaux 2009 Vintage Overview

2009 did not start auspiciously. Following on from the rather poor 2007 and 2008 vintages, a wet and cool April and May coupled with hailstorms affecting Margaux in particular, did not bode well. However, June arrived and with it, much improved weather, good flowering, and virtually perfect temperatures throughout the summer. The excellent weather continued […]

Burgundy Collectors – Drink, sell, or hold?

This is one of the most interesting times for Burgundy in the global auction market and a critical point with respect to certain vintages.  Those with significant Burgundy collections, particularly of older vintages, should consider creating both a consumption and sales plan.  The 2013 grape loss in both Bordeaux and Burgundy is likely to push […]