wine certifications useful for collectors

Are Wine Certifications Useful for Collectors? When and Why You Should Take a Wine Education Class

In an opinion piece for Wine Spectator, wine writer Matt Kramer said, regarding wine certification, “Nothing about wine or — dare I say it! — accomplished wine service requires this pseudo-professionalization.” Kramer explains that wine certifications are as useless as they are elitist, and that too many professionals put emphasis on formal education over real…

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decluttering your wine cellar

This Month in Your Cellar: Decluttering Your Wine Cellar by Going Minimal This Spring

In her hugely-popular self-help book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, Marie Kondo gives readers tips on organizing every room in their homes. Yet this book goes beyond messy closets and stuffed kitchen cabinets. Did you know that you can apply many of Kondo’s principles when you organize…

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traveling with wine

Traveling With Wine by Plane, Train, or Automobile: Get Your Wine Safely from Point A to Point B

A couple of years ago, I attended a huge summer tasting event at a Washington winery with two friends. One of my friends brought along a wheeled wine carrier, tucking each new bottle he bought into its own little cubby inside. My other friend lightheartedly teased him about his paranoia, joking that his wine carrier…

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bring wine to a restaurant

The Corkage Conundrum: How to Bring Wine to a Restaurant Without Being Rude

For every incredible restaurant with a top-notch wine list, you’ll find at least 10 more with boring lists. Finding a fine restaurant that also offers an incredible array of diverse wines is a rarity, especially when cities like New York ban sommeliers from buying wines sold by private collectors. Wine Spectator’s Jim Fish suggests that…

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full service wine storage

Are You a Self-Storage or Full-Service Wine Collector? Your Answer Is More Important Than You Think

In GQ, Alan Richman tells a fascinating story about his friend, who he simply calls “The Collector.” The Collector has an expansive wine cellar filled with more than 2,000 of the finest wines on the market, enough to make any wine collector’s mouth water. One day, The Collector suddenly sold off 90 percent of his…

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writing wine tasting notes

Write the Best Wine Tasting Notes of Your Life: Structuring and Honing Your Tasting Note Technique

Take it from Andrew Jefford if you want to write great wine tasting notes; as one of the best wine writers in the modern world, Jefford knows what it takes to write gorgeous, pragmatic prose. He says, “Numbers alone cannot adequately address the mystery of wine’s complexity; words must be involved.” Yet these words are…

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cellar management app vincellar

The Cellar Management App You Can’t Live Without: Serious Wine Collectors Use the Wine App VinCellar

  About 25 years after becoming a serious wine collector, Scot Six had accumulated a collection of about 14,000 bottles. With a collection this big, Six was in desperate need of an easy-to-use app that would make organizing and keeping track of his collection more simple. “I was looking for something to make it easier…

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