Anyone can build a great wine collection and doing so doesn’t make you a ‘wine wanker’, far from it.
It’s about the right wine at the right time.
We firmly believe the value of creating a great wine collection is that you will always have the right wine for the right time: a perfect bottle that matches the moment and mood. To that end, we recommend building a collection to include:
Something else to consider when building a wine collection is the value of magnums. Magnums are twice the size of a normal bottle of wine (1500ml) and great for dinner parties with 6-8 people. Not only do they have a ‘wow’ factor, but they mean that everyone can have a glass from the same bottle, and maybe even two glasses. They also age very well (and slower than regular size bottles), which can also add to the enjoyment of the evening.
When considering the wines to age, remember that quality does count. While there are some bottles around the $15-$20 mark that, after 3-5 years, are much better, generally speaking, you get what you pay for. As a general rule of thumb, anything less than $20 won’t really age and should be drank now. From $25 – $30, you are entering the start of the ‘ageing territory’, and from $35+, if it won’t age, it (probably!) isn’t worth the money.