They are the
visitors to the winery who inspect the wines, but also want to
see the racks that they're sitting on. They study the nuances
of the soil that grew the grapes, and know which cellar masters
are to be trusted to produce a fine wine from a good vintage.
the anticipation of the time... years down the road, when they
will open the wine at it's full maturity and reap the rewards
of the long wait.
They are the wine
collectors - and if ever one offers to share a bottle with you,
consider yourself both honored and extremely lucky!
If you're wine collecting beginner, most experts will advise that you start out with the wines you truly like, although they will usually limited to red wines (which always age better) and a few white wines such as white burgundy and many of the German reislings.
Being a wine collector takes lots of detective work, beginning with wine vintages and rare specimens that have become the stuff of legend among other wine collectors. Joining wine clubs and mailing lists, keeping track of wine auctions, talking directly to vintners and wine makers, and increasing your expertise is really half the fun... and adventure.
Of course, ultimate satisfaction only arrives when you are able to share your special find with friends and loved ones, or to unveil a rare "trophy" wine to mark a special occasion.
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Around the Web, learn more about the thrills and chills of wine collecting and why it can grow from a part-time hobby to a full-time obsession ...
Wine collecting ...when does it start? - Here's a great essay on the obsession, with expert tips on the finer points of setting a budget, storing your prize wines, along with a related worksheet that might come in handy as your collection grows...