How to Build Your Wine Collection

by Chloé Mathieu Phillips & Dennis Phillips on April 13, 2011

in Drinks

How to Build a Wine Collection What wines should I be buying? Where should I shop? How much should I spend on wine? Where and how am I supposed to store the wine?

Ugh, sound familiar?

Well, those are just a handful of questions swirling around in my mind (Dennis here!) before starting my own wine collection. Taking the first steps toward building your wine collection can be intimidating.

Of course, it doesn’t help that there aren’t many straightforward answers to most of these questions. But it’s not all doom and gloom. After all,  you’ve already made some progress by doing a bit of research and finding this post.

Now that you’re here, I’m going to try to make things a little easier on you and share my journey with you, and hopefully, some answers along the way. But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s start by talking about the joys of having your own wines – your favorite wines – on hand and at the ready when you need that perfect bottle of red for dinner.

For me, having a decent wine collection at home was just a natural extension of enjoying home cooked meals.  No matter what we were cooking, having a well-matched wine to go with it elevated the food, sparked conversation and added that “je ne sais quoi” to the evening.  And in order to accommodate our spontaneous and varied homemade meals, we needed a sizable selection of wines from which to draw.  Whether it’s a slow roasted chicken in the Dutch oven or some hamburgers on the stove top, every meal deserves a great glass of vino.

How to Build a Wine Collection Figuring out what you want from your wine collection can help define how you should start yours.  So, please share why you’re thinking about starting a wine cellar, what you like to eat with your wine, and I can help you work out what’s best for you.

Here’s a great starting point: I’ve assembled a list of key steps I took when starting my own wine collection.  From exploring your personal wine preferences to building an investment grade cellar, I hope you’ll refer to these posts regularly and get even more enjoyment from le vin.

If you have specific questions or want to know more about a particular topic, just let me know and I’ll make sure to cover it in future posts. Here’s what to expect:

  • Part I – Get to Know Your Palate
  • Part II – Key Regions and Varietals
  • Part III – Cult and Collectible Wine
  • Part IV – Wine Auctions
  • Part V – Investing in Fine Wine
  • … Plus any other topics you’d like to know about.

Part I is coming soon and feel free to get in touch with any questions.  I’ll be happy to help!

How to Build a Wine Collection Photo credits: (1) filtran on Flickr (2) Jill Chen, (3) Gianni Dominici on Flickr, and (4) and (5) Jill Chen.

Chloé Mathieu Phillips & Dennis Phillips

Chloé and Dennis’ passion for unique, local food and wine started
years ago around a shared plate of churros in the south of Spain. Chloé followed Dennis to New York, Dennis caught up with her appreciation for wine and food and together they quickly started eating and drinking their way around the world and making amazing, passionate friends along the way. They recently lived in Europe and backpacked their way back across Asia and South America. Dennis and Chloé now live in Greenpoint,
Brooklyn and are happily plotting their next move in the world of
food, wine and travel. They share their wine experiences on Tag:Wine
and on the more personal (and often written in French) chloe blogue.

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