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The two essential elements of the CORKZILLA experience – Wine and music – in a pairing. Our signature feature will continue in 2013, but we've decided to take a break from the grind of producing thoughtful pairings on a monthly basis. Please look for an archive page highlighting our pairings from the past coming soon. Cheers!

What We're Listening to

Keith Richards, "Crosseyed Heart," Republic Records

Gary Clark Jr., "The Story of Sonny Boy Slim," Warner Brothers Records

Warren Haynes Featuring Railroad Earth, "Ashes and Dust," Concord Records

Jason Isbell, "Something More Than Free," Southeastern Records

Phish, "Live Bait Vol. 11" (free digital download)

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, "Chasing Yesterday," Sour Mash Records

Neil Young, "On the Beach," Reprise Records

Massive Attack, "Protection," Circa Records

D'Angelo and the Vanguard, "Black Messiah," RCA Records

Brokedown in Bakersfield, "Live!," Little Sur Records

Ryan Adams, "Ryan Adams," Pax-Am Records

Rich Robinson, "The Ceaseless Sight," The End Records

Jack White, "Lazaretto," Third Man Records

The Wayne Shorter Quartet, "Without a Net," Blue Note Records

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Wine $'s and sense

By Joe Colgan

Having just just read a news article about the most expensive wine in Australia (a recently released 2005 Shiraz) commanding as much as $800 per bottle, CORKZILLA thinks this is a good opportunity to open up a discussion about wine prices and hopefully have some readers opine....

First off, let's look at some of the basics that determine most of the price tags we encounter. Location/real estate is the key driver as to why something may cost the way it does. Top quality wine regions can only produce so many grapes per acre by law, so real estate is at a premium. This is why some producers buy grapes from high quality regions rather than deal with the all in costs of planting and managing the vineyards themselves. Some other elements that can factor into prices are: the grape varietals used (flavor of the moment..) or winemaking methods employed (plastic bucket or French Oak). You also might be paying for the pedigree of the label or the rarity of the wine. Perhaps you're paying for some hot shot 'winemaker of the year' who made the juice. Or maybe your paying for the hot new artist who graced their talents on the label, etc, etc... Ultimately though wine prices, like any product, will be determined by the laws of supply and demand.

Despite the fact the global state of economic affairs is at the bottom of the barrel, there are still plenty of people who are doing just fine with their moo-la and some of them like to buy expensive wine. There will always be blue chip small batch wines, like the highly rated one mentioned above, and a large portion of them will always be bought up by the trophy hunter set. But say you weren't buying wine to impress the guy next door, but had the means to do so. Perhaps you purchase wine as an investment, the value of which could rise like the price of oil. But of course it's a gamble, because no matter how advanced your cellar is you may open that bottle one day and tearfully discover it's corked.

Let me point out that we are in no way trying to argue against buying pricey wine here. I'm a strong proponent of 'the higher the price (within reason) the wine, the more pronounced the experience' camp. A $20 bottle compared to a $70 of the same varietal/region/release, etc,... hopefully, is a noticeable difference. A $70 to $250 increase could/should(?) produce a heightened product. Remember, to get a sense of how good wine can be and to set your bar, it's important to try top-notch stuff. But when does the price/value equation start to become muddy? $250 vs $600? Of course this is all subjective and every eno-freak has a different opinion... We'd like to hear yours!! Let's hear your thoughts, either in the comments section below or to our email address: corkzillasf [at]


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