California is regarded as being one of the best producers of wine in the country. In the North Bay, we are lucky enough to have several resources as well as local wineries in the area. With the incredible range of produce, wineries, supply stores and local knowledge, it is easy to start a wine collection whether you want to go big or keep it small.
Categorize your collection. After accumulating a collection you feel is adequate enough, keep things straight by simple organization. There are multiple ways to categorize your collection depending on personal preference. Whether the importance lies with a wine’s origin or with its price tag, choose a system that works best for you.
Break the collection down by color, keeping all whites and reds separated. Or pay attention to region by sorting according to country or continent. If aged wine is your focused taste, keep your bottles lined up by year to pull out the ripest bottle at any given moment. However, you can usually bet that those most expensive bottles are going to be good. Arrange each bottle in accordance to its price tag. Whichever method you choose, tags are always helpful to easily identify what you have.
If your collection is relatively small, you will not need to build a huge wine cellar just yet. Instead, check out the three most popular and reasonable options for storage. Purchase a home refrigerator for your collection. These come in several sizes, fitting between 20 to 200 bottles, and can fit into any corner of the house or, if wanted, in a man cave. If your tastes sway toward wood, purchase an inexpensive small wooden rack that can easily fit onto kitchen worktops, saving both space and money. A more disguised option is a closed cabinet. These can be customized so you get your choice of doors, sizes and wooden finishes.
Below are some local businesses that may be able to help you get started.
6 Petaluma Blvd N, Suite B-2
Petaluma, CA 94952
Find affordable home refrigerators at Aficionado. There are multiple styles to choose from such as box-style refrigerators with customizable shelving.
1014 Hopper Ave, Suite 612
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Schedule a wine tour with Erik Kent to get a taste of some of the best wines from the region. Bring a couple of bottles home with you after for your collection.
Vine & Barrel Wines
113 Petaluma Blvd N
Petaluma, CA 94952
Vine & Barrel Wines is an ideal wine destination with 600 hundred plus bottles available for purchase. Ask the employees which are necessary for the ultimate collection.
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