Buying the cheapest wine on the shelf does not necessarily get you a wine value. I invite you to consider wines made in not-so-famous districts with not-so-trendy grape varieties. It will bring more fun to your drinking, and not burden your budget.
There is more to collecting wine than spotting bargains (or trophy wines). Your cellar should contain wines of different ages and types(regions, varieties) to suit the next occasion or tasting.
A common mistake is buying too much wine. Not only will it drain your wallet, it may also leave you stranded with a number of bottles that you cannot open (or give away) fast enough. Until you find out more about your own tastes, it is wise to pick only few bottles at a time.
You may also sometimes open bottles that you would have preferred to keep. A solution here is to diversify your buying. You can purchase less wine dedicated to ageing and more wine for near-term consumption.
Your collecting should fit your consumption. The latter will depend on your drinking habits which could evolve with your experience.
In short there is room for diversity: try different wines and build your own path.
Wine shopping list
How many wines are there? Below is a list of only 28 bottles. You can use it for starting a cellar to accompany European-style meals. It includes lesser-known regions and lesser-known grape varieties. Why? You will discover wine styles to get value for money and so that you improve your wine appreciation.
16 red wines
Californian Cabernet Sauvignon
12 white wines
New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
|Selected French reds||Selected French whites|
Before you let your collection grow, I advise patience: purchase often but in small amounts. Never buy more than two bottles of a particular wine until you have had the chance to sample it (or you have at least tasted the previous vintage).
Also take care to balance the regions of origin so as to vary the pleasures and leave yourself plenty of options for matching wine with food.
You could also discuss with a wine merchant: Find one in your area by typing a location into the white box below.
Finally you may confront the types of wine by organizing a wine tasting party.