Planning on starting a wine cellar? 12, 50, or 250 bottles? Here are a few things to think about before starting.
- Age – young and looking to start early? Empty nesters looking for a new hobby?
- Drinking and eating habits – Do you entertain often? Is there always a bottle open while cooking? How often do you eat out?
- Space and economic considerations – how much room is your significant other willing to relinquish in the house or apartment?
Drinking vs Investment Cellar
Your cellar will always be a drinking cellar. Very few people are building cellars for investment purposes. This drinking cellar will have three different life cycles: Young Cellar – any cellar that is putting in wine to drink in the future. Mature, active cellar – developed cellar and still drinking the wine. Mature, inactive cellar – no longer buying, because even if you drank for two bottles everyday for the next 20 years of your life, you still won’t deplete your supply.
Now what do I buy to put in my cellar?
Always taste first!! Buy one bottle, if you enjoy then buy in large quantity. It is ok to buy in 3,4, or 6 bottle allotments. Your consumption pattern will dictate the quantity you end up purchasing. Always entertaining or cooking with wine? Buy more. But please keep costs in perspective.
- Costs -Shop in values for all price ranges or groupings. Don’t let those rating scores be the sole base of a decision. Personal taste has a great piece in building a cellar.
- Food and Occasions – A great cellar might not have 200 wines, but will have one wine for every food or special occasion. Your neighbor loves to come over and discuss his new investing techniques, well keep his favorite bottle of Riesling on hand.
- Avoid impulse buying, which can prove difficult after a full day of winery tours.
- Keep organized- arrange the cellar by drinking habits. Have sections for the following: bottles for everyday, near future and distant future.
- Once you become a bit more serious, keep cellar records. Know when a bottle might reach maturity.
- Your palate will develop, expect changes in preference for the first few years.
Keep notes for the next wines that will be added to the cellar. Have them on hand when shopping online or at your local wine shop.
Stockpile wine you like and drink often!!
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