moving your wine collection to a warehouse

This Month in Your Cellar: Moving Your Wine Collection to a Warehouse One Bottle (Or Case) At a Time

I’ve known collectors who love the idea of professional storage, but they’re too afraid to do it because they fear that if anything goes wrong during shipping, they’ll lose every bottle they own. I get it–even though a professional warehouse may be the safest place for your wine, getting a large number of bottles there takes weeks of pl...
storing wine with synthetic corks

Is Storing Wine with Synthetic Corks Different from Storing Wine with Real Corks?

I’m reasonably skilled at opening wine bottles, but I’ve had quite a few synthetic corks break in half recently. One was a high-quality bottle of Oregon Pinot Noir whose synthetic cork was sealed so tightly to the neck of the bottle that it broke off into four separate chunks as I tried to pry it out. Usually, it’s not that the corks themselv...
earthquake-resistant wine cellar

How Do I Make My Wine Cellar Earthquake Resistant?

In 2014, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck Napa Valley in the early dawn hours, shattering thousands of bottles of wine. Winery owner Marguerite Capp told Reuters that she lost dozens of bottles in her tasting room just two weeks before their peak tourism season began. She was caught completely unprepared, saying, “Mother Nature moves on whether ...
how big does a wine cellar need to be

How Big Does a Wine Cellar Need to Be?

I once visited the home of a magnificent wine taster. The 70-year-old collector had developed an incredible palate for both Burgundy and aged scotch in his lifetime, and could tell you everything about Cote de Nuits. I assumed he would have a massive wine cellar in his home, but I found that he kept all of his wine and liquor in just two modest woo...
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 ...
wine storage options and the size of my collection

Do My Wine Storage Options Depend on the Size of My Collection?

Wine collections grow like bamboo; if you’re not careful, your bottles will easily take over every empty space in your house, and then some. I once knew a collector who started off with a modest smattering of Bordeaux tucked away in a cool, dark pantry cabinet. Months later, and two more cases deep, he realized he needed to buy a wine fridge to k...
cost of storing wine in-bond vs. out-of-bond

What’s the Cost of Storing Wine In-Bond Vs. Out-of-Bond?

When you’re deciding where to put the wine in your collection, you have a big decision to make: whether to store in-bond or out-of-bond. Neither of these options is inherently better than the other, but the costs vary depending on your collection. One collector might save hundreds of dollars on in-bond storage, whereas another might lose thousand...
how do I build a wine cellar

How Do I Build a Wine Cellar?

Most of the collectors I know can remember the moment they realized they needed to build a wine cellar. The tipping point usually happens around the 100-bottle mark; your collection is officially too large for most wine fridges, which forces you to consider alternative storage methods like professional warehouses or home cellars. However, building ...
Seasonal Fall Wines

This Month in Your Cellar: Make Room for Seasonal Fall Wines

A few weeks into September, like clockwork, I start getting email notifications letting me know that my wine allocations are on their way. If I’m not careful, I’ll end up with multiple cases of wine at my doorstep, and no place to put them. Fall is one of the two busiest times of the year for collectors–it’s when many wineries decide to...
Halogen Lights Damage Wine

Can Halogen Lights Damage Wine?

I have a stockpile of halogen light bulbs stacked in my pantry. Most of the time, my house is filled with LEDs, but in the winter, when temperatures drop, I switch out my LEDs for a month or two to enjoy the warm glow of my halogens. Believe it or not, I’ve noticed that I don’t have to switch on my heater as often when I have halogen bulbs in p...