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Charles Curtis is a Master of Wine and the founder of WineAlpha. It's a fine wine advisory serving private, trade and institutional clients with an interest in the market for fine and rare wine. He also works as a wine and spirits judge and has been a featured speaker at dozens of wine and food festivals over the years.
Recently he appeared in the judging panel of 2018 USA Wine Ratings. In an interview with UWR, he spoke about the current wine trends, challenges faced by a wine buyer and how he buys wine for his business.
Charles: I’m excited about the trend in California wine towards lower alcohol, less concentration, less overt oak treatment and more balance in general.
Charles: When I’m not working, I still like to drink Champagne and Burgundy wine. The venue is best if it’s varied – at home, restaurants, and wine bars are all good.
Charles: Sourcing the right wines in the right quantities at the right prices is always a challenge.
Charles: Top quality, reasonable prices
Charles: Mornings I hit the gym; I work hard all day, and as soon as I’m able I head home to spend time with my family.
Charles: A lot of my current work revolves around Burgundy and Champagne, so it’s all about Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Charles: I love dealing with people and dealing with wine. I hate dealing with paperwork!
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