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5 Mistakes All Wine Collectors Make

Leah Jorgensen Jean

Wine collecting is a hobby enjoyed by many around the world. Whether it’s for personal consumption or investment purposes, collecting wine requires knowledge and expertise. However, even the most experienced wine collectors can make mistakes. In this blog post, we will discuss five common mistakes that all wine collectors make and how to avoid them.

  1. Focusing only on popular wines:

One of the biggest mistakes wine collectors make is focusing only on popular wines. It’s easy to fall into the trap of collecting only well-known brands or wines that have received high ratings. While it’s important to have some of these wines in your collection, it’s essential to explore other options as well. There are many excellent wines that are lesser-known, but they still offer great quality and value.

To avoid this mistake, make a conscious effort to try new wines from different regions and wineries. Attend wine tastings and seek recommendations from knowledgeable wine merchants. Don’t be afraid to experiment and explore different styles and varieties of wine.

  1. Not storing wine properly:

Wine is a delicate and perishable product that requires proper storage to maintain its quality and value. Many collectors make the mistake of not storing their wine properly, which can lead to premature aging, oxidation, and spoilage. Factors such as temperature, humidity, light, and vibration can all affect the quality of wine.

To avoid this mistake, invest in a proper wine storage system or cellar. Keep the temperature between 55-65°F (13-18°C) and the humidity around 70%. Keep the wine away from light and vibration, and store bottles horizontally to keep the cork moist. Regularly check your wine for signs of spoilage, such as leaking or bad smells.

  1. Not keeping track of their collection:

Another common mistake that wine collectors make is not keeping track of their collection. Many collectors buy wine without recording the vintage, winery, region, or price. Without proper record-keeping, it’s easy to forget what wines you have in your collection or when you purchased them.

To avoid this mistake, create a detailed inventory of your wine collection. Include the wine’s name, vintage, winery, region, price, and date of purchase. You can use a spreadsheet, wine app, or online software to keep track of your collection. Regularly update your inventory to keep it accurate and current.

  1. Overpaying for wine:

Many collectors make the mistake of overpaying for wine, thinking that the higher the price, the better the quality. However, price doesn’t always equate to quality, and some wines may be overpriced due to factors such as marketing hype or rarity.

To avoid this mistake, research the wine you’re interested in before buying it. Look for reviews and ratings from trusted sources. Compare prices from different retailers to ensure you’re getting a fair price. Don’t be afraid to negotiate with the seller or look for deals and discounts.

  1. Drinking wine too soon:

Lastly, wine collectors often make the mistake of drinking their wine too soon. While it’s tempting to open a bottle as soon as it’s purchased, most wines need time to age and develop their flavors and aromas fully.

To avoid this mistake, research the optimal drinking window for each wine in your collection. Keep in mind most wines are not crafted with long-term aging in mind; so, be sure to get to know your producer’s winemaking intentions for each bottle of their wine that you purchase. Be patient and wait for the right moment to open your wine. You’ll be rewarded with a more complex and enjoyable drinking experience.

In conclusion, wine collecting can be a rewarding and enjoyable hobby or investment, but it requires careful attention to detail and knowledge. By avoiding these common mistakes, you can ensure that your wine collection maintains its value and quality over time.

Happy collecting!