Category Archives for Storing Wine

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 ...
Wine experts can help you prove wine provenance by comparing your bottles to authentic bottles they have tasted in the past. Photo Credit: Flickr CC user State of Israel

How to Protect Wine Provenance: A Step-by-Step Guide to Tracing Your Wine’s History

Collectors often assume that a wine’s provenance doesn’t matter once they’ve bought their bottles and stowed them away in their cellars. This might be true if they only plan on drinking the wine, but if they want to resell the bottle later, the wine’s provenance still has a long way to go. I’ve bought bottles that I thought I would drink ...
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...
organization system for holiday wines

This Month in Your Cellar: An Organization System for Holiday Wines

Every year around November, I used to get my sticky notes ready. I had a special place in my pantry for holiday wines that I planned on taking to holiday parties; without sticky notes attached that said “Do not drink! Save for Jeff’s ugly sweater party,” I’d forget which bottles I was supposed to save for the event. When you’re like me, a...
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 ...
how long can I store white wine

How Long Can I Store White Wine?

Many styles of white wine age beautifully in a cellar, and that list isn’t limited to vintage Champagne. I frequently store white wine in my own cellar and find that the right whites can age just as well, if not better than, some of the finest red wines on the market. It’s true that most white wines won’t last for decades, but the handful tha...
how long can I store red wine

How Long Can I Store Red Wine?

One common myth that many beginning wine collectors believe is that they can store red wine for years, no matter the varietal. In reality, only some red wines will last for decades in your cellar; most wine (an estimated 99 percent, according to some experts) doesn’t gain any benefit from aging, so you’re better off drinking these bottles withi...
why should I invest in professional wine storage

Why Should I Invest in Professional Wine Storage?

Over the past decade or so, I’ve noticed more collectors turning to professional wine storage than ever before. That’s because the internet age has made this kind of storage convenient for collectors of all experience levels. In the past, most of my wine-loving friends would rather spend thousands of dollars on a home wine cellar, since it used...