If you live in California and you love wine, you probably have a wine cooler or a wine cellar. And if you don’t, well you oughta get one! But beware, owning a wine cooler or a wine cellar comes with responsibilities. There are two potential problems with owning a wine cooler or a wine cellar!
Drinking Wine Too Fast
If you are a member of a wine club, you conveniently receive a tasteful collection of wine every now and then, and the wine is carefully delivered to your front door. You really don’t have to do anything other than open the bottle once you receive it. And THAT is the danger. See, if you’re not careful, drinking wine that magically appears at your front door can become very mundane and uneventful. It becomes a fashionable habit that might turn you into a wine drinking machine! You run the risk of not caring about what you drink and the importance of pairing the wine with food. I don ‘t mean to come across as a wine snob but it is important to appreciate what you drink.
Besides, you are missing out on the wine potential. You may be drinking your wine too early. Remember, wine gets better with age. Think of it as an investment for your tastebuds. Buy now, drink later. Most wine has an aging potential of 5 to 15 years, in some case 20+ years. Some people buy wine from grocery stores. It’s more limited but quite convenient. They buy just enough food AND wine for the whole week. The wine is never stored because it doesn’t need to be, and there’s always more where it came from: the grocery store. I mean, how easy is that? They might end up paying a little more for the wine but talk about convenience!
With those practices, your wine cooler never gets full and runs empty most of the time.
Drinking Wine Too Slow
Wine consumption always varies a bit depending on many factors of life. We all get busy at times and social life gets put on the back burner. Some people travel a lot for work and they’re never home, which means they’re drinking someone else’s wine. Other people experience a change in there personal life and there’s no one with whom to enjoy and share the wine. Life is unpredictable but wine should not pay the price of our modern lifestyle ; )
In some cases we might even miss a wine’s peak. And that’s never good. You put your heart and soul into aging a fine bottle and you miss the date. Waiting for the “right” occasion to open that special bottle is NOT the way to go. The bottle itself should dictate and schedule special occasions. Unless your mind can remember every single bottle in your wine cooler, I suggest a simple log sheet where you keep a list of your wine and when it must be enjoyed.
No time for wine and you know you have problems! But it happens. And when that happens, the wine cooler gets too full.
So there you have it. In order to avoid those problems, have a plan. Come up with a budget and design your personal wine strategy. I know I make it sound like starting a business but in a way, that is what it is. Wine shows character. It is a way of life. It is a venture, a hobby, and like everything else it needs time. When done right, your wine drinking experience can increase exponentially. So get a wine cooler or a wine cellar and become the CEO of your own wine venture. I personally own an Edgestar, a single zone wine cooler with a capacity of 121 bottles. It has been worry-free and very stable. I’ve had it for 4 years and it is as solid as day one. I also own a Vinotemp, a dual zone wine cooler with a capacity of 200 bottles. I am especially happy about this one for the extra vertical room between the wooden shelves, allowing more space for those slightly larger bottles (generally Champagne, Pinot and Syrah bottles).
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Oh and if by chance you end up with a wine cooler that is too full and needs to be “thinned out”, the Wine Ponder team is available ; )