Category Archives for Storing Wine

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 ...
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...
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 ...