You need to stock the wine cellar with an initial investment
of at least 24 or more bottles of wine. Begin with a
budget and initially buy the major varietals. For whites: Sauvignon
Blanc, Chardonnay, and Gewürztraminer. For reds: Pinot
Noir, Zinfandel, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon. Don’t
forget about the dry rosé or some sparkling wine.
Within that budget, buy wines over a price range that includes
everyday wine, weekend wine, special occasion wine, and a great
bottle wine for that very special occasion. Here is a great Website for finding wine values and bargains.
Later, consider a few wines from France, Spain, Italy, Germany,
Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand and lesser-known California
If you have a good wine merchant near you, he or she will be
very helpful in selecting wines. There are also numerous
online wine merchants that offer advice. Check our Wine
Related page for some of these merchants.
Adopt a strategy for replacing and/or expanding your wine collection. Many
wine retailers such as K&L Wines offer a variety of wine clubs.
If you want to increase the number of bottles, buy an amount
each month that exceeds your intake.
As your wine cellar grows, so will the need to keep track of
what you have stored. There are various database or spreadsheet
programs that can help you with this. Many wine folks like CellarTracker.
Some informative books on wine collecting and starting a wine cellar