I admit it: I love really good wine. Sure, I'm also a sucker for cheap bottles, but I love to treat myself to a really good (not necessarily expensive) bottle of wine.
We all collect things, right? Well, my name is Nicole and I love wine. It shouldn't be too much of a surprise that I “collect” wine since I grew up in Sonoma. I use the word “collect” loosely. It really comes down to the fact that I have a few wineries that I really like and tend to hoard wine from them (aka joined wine clubs like I showed yesterday). One of the nice things about being in a wine club is that every now and then they throw in a really nice bottle of wine. The kind of wine that you keep around for another 5-7 years waiting for it to peak. Okay, I realize that this sounds a bit snooty but I really do love the idea of opening a bottle after letting it age for a while. So to avoid opening up one of those nice bottles, I try to keep my wine somewhat organize using these 3 guidelines
- I keep all my nice bottles on the bottom row of my wine rack. That way I won't accidentally open one up.
- I put a green sticker on all of the bottles that can opened at any time (aka the 2 Buck Chuck's of the collection
- I keep all my wine in a little spreadsheet. I know: super lame. BUT my spreadsheet is the only thing that makes sure that I don't open up one of those nice bottles before it peaks. If you're interested, I created a copy of my wine collection inventory sheet for download (excel file). I keep track of the basics: winery, vintage (year), type of wine, and when I should drink it. You could totally add other categories to a spreadsheet:
- Sweet or Dry
- Body (light / medium / full)
- Food pairings
- Texture (tannins)
- Intensity of flavor
- If you'd give up a foot for another bottle
All (especially the last) are totally legitimate things to consider.