A wine collection in your own home is certainly a luxury not everyone can say they have. For wine lovers, here you can find some tips on how to start and keep your own wine collection. Stay with us to learn more!
It is important that you determine where and how you are going to store your wines before you start building a wine collection at home. Ideally, you are looking for somewhere that is dark, quiet, and dry, with a stable temperature, but it’s not a catastrophe if you don’t have all of those things.
Try to ensure you are maintaining a steady room temperature or below (ideally 12 degrees) that doesn’t fluctuate too much. Warm temperatures will make your wine collection evolve more quickly so if this is the case in your home, take that into account and drink the wines sooner than if they were stored in the perfect conditions. Ensure that there is no bright light.
If your room or storage area is too dry this can cause corks to dry out allowing air into the wines, spoiling them. A humidity level of around 70% is considered ideal and you should aim for as close to this as possible.
A wine collection at home is very different from fine wine investment, so if you are looking to lay down the wine for investment then optimum storage is vital. Fine wines must be preserved in good conditions so you should look at options for professional storage.
Your wine collection should feature a range of different wine styles, at different price levels, to cater to your mood, the season, a diverse menu, and different occasions. Try not to buy in cases of 12, it makes more sense to buy the wines you really enjoy in cases of 6, as this will preserve the quality and will also give you the chance to try the same wine over time as it develops and evolves.
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