how often should I organize my wine cellar

How Often Should I Organize My Wine Cellar?

When collectors ask me how often they should organize their wine cellars, they give me a strange look when I respond, “Ideally, never.” The best wine cellars are those that stay organized without much additional effort on your part, and as an organization expert, I’ve helped many clients accomplish this goal. I once met a collector who owned ...
repurpose wine crates

This Month in Your Cellar: Repurpose Wine Crates for an Environmentally-Friendly Project

So now that fall is over, many serious collectors are dealing with fall allocations: stacks of wine cases filled with dozens of new bottles. We’ve already talked about how to deal with those bottles, but what can you do with the packaging they were shipped in? While they’re beautiful to look at and difficult to throw away, empty wine crates ta...
invest in single-varietal wines or blends

New World-Style Wine Versus Old World: Should You Invest in Single-Varietal Wines or Blends?

Two years ago, at a wine bar’s tasting event, I sat next to a man who described himself as “a proud California Cabernet nutter,” and who drank New World wines almost exclusively. We tasted an Oregon Pinot Noir that he seemed to enjoy, but when the host brought out a bottle of Bordeaux, the man looked puzzled. He asked to see the bottle, turni...
2016 montrachet

Burgundy Grand Cru Producers Team Up for 2016 Montrachet: How to Invest in This Hotly-Anticipated Wine

Having gone through a devastating spring frost and continued problems with premox, Burgundy needed some good news for a change, and it looks like it got it. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Burgundy’s low grape yields might actually produce one of the most legendary wines of this decade, which is excellent news for producers and collectors a...
signs that a wine has gone bad in storage

How Do I Check for Signs That Wine Has Gone Bad in Storage?

The first spoiled wine I ever tasted was given to me on my 21st birthday. My aunt had bought me a beautiful Charbono and Cabernet Sauvignon blend from her favorite California estate, and had kept it in storage for four years until I was old enough to drink it. The second I opened the bottle, I knew something wasn’t right. A moldy newspaper smell ...
How to Turn Your Wine Collecting Hobby into a Career

Going All-In: How to Turn Your Wine Collecting Hobby into a Career

Have you ever wanted a career in the wine industry? This lofty-sounding goal is more attainable than you might think. Take winemaker Michael Dashe. More than a decade ago, he was an abalone diver who had only a passing interest in wine. One day, winemaker Bob Roudon asked if he could trade some wine for Dashe’s abalone. Months later, Dashe began ...
bought a bad wine at auction

So You Bought a Bad Wine at Auction? Here’s What You Can Do

A year ago, I was having dinner at one of my favorite wine bars in town when I noticed that the owner looked a little morose. I’d known him for two years, and he was usually boisterous and optimistic–that night, he seemed distracted and cranky. I asked him how he was doing, and he said, “I’ve been on the phone with an auction house all ...
finding secondary flavors in wine

Tasting Boot Camp Week Three: Finding Secondary Flavors in Wine

One quality separates a refined palate from an amateur: the ability to detect secondary and tertiary flavors in wine. A big reason why most professionals are able to pick out these subtle notes is because they are more familiar with the winemaking process than a layman who only occasionally imbibes. Unlike the primary flavors that we’ve already d...