Category Archives: Wine Collecting

Nov 11 2012

Top 3 Tips from the Experts on Building a Wine Cellar

Posted on November 11, 2012 | By merrill@cellarit.com

One of the great things about wine is that it’s the only collectible I can think of that is consumable. This desirable attribute not only means you can enjoy your collection with your friends, but it make keeping the size of your collection in check a bit easier!

While the perishable nature of wine means you need to factor the cost of proper storage into your collecting budget, compared to the cost of many other collectibles, wine is relatively inexpensive. Many great collectible wines still cost less than $100 a bottle, and for under $5,000 a year you can start to assemble a great collection for your drinking pleasure.

Below are the top three tips from experienced collectors based on many years of trial and error. For the novice collector, taking note of their advice may help you from repeating their sometimes costly mistakes. More experienced collectors are likely to recognise the wisdom of these very practical tips!

1. Collect wines that will age well

The number one tip from the former Chicago Tribune wine critic Bill Daley is to recognise that for a wine to age it has to have the right structure and complexity. Ageable wines are typically tannic, acidic, well-structured and complex.

Tannins, which are imparted to the wine from the grapes skin and the oak treatment, will soften over time, rounding out the body of the wine and making it less astringent or dry on the palate. The bouquet of the wine also adds extra layers of complexity and flavours as secondary characters like savoury, tobacco etc. start to develop. This is why drinking aged wines can be such a treat. (How to Collect Wine by Bill Daley, Chicago Tribune, 29 September 2010)

Campbell Mattinson of The Wine Front shares Daley’s opinion, noting that “Almost … Read the rest

Jul 07 2012

5 Reasons to Collect Wine: Collectors Share their Opinions

Posted on July 07, 2012 | By merrill@cellarit.com

Have you ever scanned a restaurant wine list and noticed that a bottle you have in your cellar is on the list for two or three times what you paid for it?

Many collectors I know love BYO restaurants for this very reason. They can share a special bottle with friends over a wonderful meal without breaking the bank.

Here’s a few other reasons why, for some at least, building a bit of a wine collection is a lot of fun!

1. Well Made Wines are Designed to be Aged

I had the privilege recently of enjoying a bottle of Penfolds Grange 1975 and a bottle of Lindemans Limestone Ridge Shiraz Cabernet 1991. In my mind, nothing quite compares with the bouquet and taste of aged wines when imbibed at or close to their peak. In both of these wines the tannins had completely lost their original bitter sensation and were seamlessly integrated into wines that still displayed some primary fruit characteristics and had lots of body, depth and texture.

Bill Daley, former wine critic of the Chicago Tribune, said that “watching and tasting a wine go through its life cycle is one of the joys of wine collecting.” He recommends making notes as you taste the wine during its different stages of development. (How to Collect Wine by Bill Daley, Chicago Tribune, 29 September 2010)

2. Collecting Wine can Encourage Self Exploration 

Making a decision to start a cellar often stirs people into being more proactive about educating themselves about wine. Campbell Mattinson says that “cellaring wine can be a kind of self exploration.”

Many collectors report that over the years, as they experiment with new wines, their tastes change, and their wine collections move in new and often unexpected directions. A willingness to try new things … Read the rest