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Drinking Money

Written by Christine Marsiglio MW
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The Hallmarks of Expensive Wine

The high dollar value of a wine can be attributed to several factors including the age, quality, and scarcity of the grapes used, production costs, and the reputation of the winery.

So what do the most expensive wines have in common? It turns out, they’re more similar than you might think.

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Wine Quiz

Question: Burgundy produces some of the world’s most expensive wines. But if you were looking for value in Burgundy, which appellation would you go for?

  1. Gevrey-Chambertin
  2. Marsannay
  3. Pomerol
  4. Champagne

If you’ve taken French Wine 201 you’ll know the answer! Scroll down to find out!

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The most expensive grape?

One of the oldest wine grape varieties in the world, Pinot Noir, is also one of the most popular. Known for its delicate, fragrant, and light-bodied wines, it also produces some of the world’s most expensive wines.

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When Expensive Wine Comes to Mind

Bordeaux is known for expensive wine, but did you know there are plenty of reasonably priced wines available too? Dive into the Bordeaux Region Guide to discover the amazing range of wines available from this iconic region.

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Wine Quiz Answer

Answer – #2: Marsannay is a lesser known village in Burgundy that produces red, white, and rosé wines that are great quality but normally cost less than better known villages such as Gevrey-Chambertin or Chambolle-Musigny.

Written byChristine Marsiglio MW

Christine Marsiglio is Head Wine Educator and Resident Master of Wine for Folly Enterprises and Wine Folly. Christine is a certified Wine & Spirits Education Trust wine educator, a winner of the Bollinger Medal, and holds an MSc in Oenology and Viticulture from École Supérieure d'Agriculture d'Angers, France.

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