Beautiful wine cellar, no it is not mine, wishful thinking. Before moving into a condo I had a self-made cellar in my home. Being in the wine industry for many years I collected many fine and rare bottles. Most wine makers now make wine to be consumed within three to four years after release. Of course we are not talking about some high end Bordeaux or Burgundy, or Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Some of these bottles including many port’s can be laid down for 20 plus years.
Wine is a living thing which means you need to store it properly. Keep bottle’s laying on their side so the cork stay’s wet. Try and keep in a dark area, (closet) no sunlight, and no vibration. 64 degrees is a good temperature with good humidity.
At one point I had way over 600 bottles, yeah sounds nice. I did have each bottle labeled separated by grape varietal, region and vintage. What I did not do was write in a journal or do an inventory online. In which now I would highly suggest. You do not need to have hundreds or thousands of bottle’s to do this. Even fifty or more bottle’s really would be a good idea.
Over the past few year’s I have lost more bottle’s than I would like to admit to. Why? One of those thing’s, no let’s not open that tonight, to expensive, or not the right evening, or oh that’s a great wine to open casually, we need a special night for that one. Yes, it happens and I have seen many people with so much money where they have these huge beautiful wine cellars basically to impress people. Of course not all, but once I walked into a friend’s cellar and more than half the bottle’s he had were past their prime.
Lesson learned. Now I do not have room to store more than 200 bottle’s but even now I am keeping a journal as to when I need to drink each bottle. Before a certain year to get it at its prime. You can go to the winery website or read reviews and most of the time it will tell you when you should drink by. Suggestion: winery, Robert Parker, or Wine Spectator.
It is so sad when you open an awesome bottle to have it turn to vinegar or have a foul smell, with all the fruit gone, and color.
Have fun, drink away, wine is meant to be shared and savored.