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How To Start Your Own Wine Collection

You don’t necessarily have to be a wine expert to begin your own wine collection, there is plenty of help and advice available to get you started. We have compiled some of the best tips and tricks to get you on your way to developing a cellar, which will have your friends green with envy.

There will always be something about wine you didn’t know, no matter how advanced your knowledge is. Education is paramount in becoming a successful wine collector. Read as many wine books, columns and websites as you can. Where possible, visit your nearest vineyard (or take the opportunity to go next time you are holidaying somewhere renowned for wine production). Look out for wine tasting events as these sessions will help you decide which wines to add to your collection. To really develop your knowledge on the subject, it would be a good idea to take a wine course.

There are 3 main categories of wine;

1. Drink it now,
2. Keep it for 2-5 years
3. Keep it for 5 years or more.

If you don’t know which category your wine falls into, you will not get the best from your bottle. The majority of wines (about 90%) do not improve with age and are meant to be drunk within the year. Seek advice from wine merchants, as they should be able to provide a knowledgeable service about the best wines to buy and how long to keep them.

Although you should be confident in your own taste and build a wine collection which will adhere to your own preferences, you should also broaden your horizons and buy new wines, which you have not tried before. The more you experiment, the better you will be at differentiating between the countries wines come from. For example, with time you may be able to tell whether a particular chardonnay comes from Burgundy, New Zealand or California. As you get more confident, you may even be able to taste the difference between different regions of the same country.

Make use of the various promotions and discounts on offer. You can usually get money off when you buy wine by the case. Alternatively purchase directly from the wholesaler or make use of any friends in the restaurant business by placing orders through them. To get the best deals shop around for wine clubs – these can often save you lots of money as they cut prices for their members.

Organisation is a key aspect to your wine collection. Once you have brought your wine make sure you put it in good order. This is essential to avoid getting in a muddle, and ensuring you do not waste a valuable bottle of wine, which is not yet ready to drink. Cataloguing your bottles in a book will help you know what you have and when you can open or sell your bottles. If you open a bottle, make sure you log it and add tasting comments alongside the notes, for your future reference.

Tailoring a storage solution for your new collection is one of the most important things to consider. Improper storage of your wine can ruin your stock so it is essential to store your wine under the right conditions.

At Big Yellow Self Storage we know the importance of storing wine properly. At our flagship store in Fulham we offer specialist wine storage rooms. Our private cellars are climate controlled and computer monitored. You can even access your vintage vinos 7 days a week. To find out more visit The Wine Cellars section on our website now. For more information about wine tasting courses and events visit