What do you do when someone approaches you asking what / how to stock a wine cellar?
Against my better judgment (for the most part I think those lists are useless), I’ve compiled a “starter” cellar for what I would consider a well-stocked up and reasonably priced starter collection, covering day-to-day drinking all the way to bottles to lay down and forget about it for over 10 years, based on a list put together by a well-know NY critic decades ago.
Even though I enjoyed the exercise, to be fair, this type of request is increasingly rare these days, as the only people I know who are interested enough to want to begin collecting wine already know enough about what they like that they don’t need this most basic of advice. And if they do require this advice, they’re probably not that interested in wine. What’s more, most cellar suggestions I’ve seen seem as if they not derived from the way people actually drink but from some artificial idea of having a wine for every situation. So many bottles of Bordeaux, of Burgundy, of Chianti, of California Cabernet and Chardonnay, and so on.
Here’s my current list. I am really keen to see yours.
|Sparking||6||bottles||Nicolas Feuillatte||Brut Champange|
|Everyday Whites and Reds||4||bottles||Château d’Epiré||Le Parc Sec Loire Sauvignon Blanc|
|Everyday Whites and Reds||4||bottles||Jean Rijckaert||Arbois Chardonnay|
|Everyday Whites and Reds||4||bottles||Hirsch Kamptal||Gruner Veltliner No. 1|
|Everyday Whites and Reds||4||bottles||St. Cosme||Cotes-du-Rhone|
|Everyday Whites and Reds||4||bottles||Conde de Valdemar||Rioja Crianza|
|Everyday Whites and Reds||4||bottles||Brovia||Barbera D’Alba|
|Fancier Ageworthy Whites and Reds||6||bottles||Pontet-Canet||Pauillac|
|Fancier Ageworthy Whites and Reds||6||bottles||Louis Jadot||Nuit St.-Georges Aux Boudots|
|Fancier Ageworthy Whites and Reds||6||bottles||Mt. Eden Estate||Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains|
|Fancier Ageworthy Whites and Reds||6||bottles||Dr. Burkin-Wolf||Gaisbohl Ruppertsberg Dry Rielsing|
|Check Back in 10 Years||2||bottles||Bruno Giocosa||Barbaresco Santo Stefano|