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Oct 28, 2010
To collect or not to collect?
Defining the collector

When do you cross the line into “wine collector” land? Is it based on a certain number of bottles that you keep at home? Is it when you have an off-premise storage space just for your wine or an actual wine cellar in your home? To me the key factor is that you are holding (or maybe even aging) wine for some future occasion in the not-so-near future.

By this definition, I am not a wine collector, despite having over a hundred or so bottles sitting around in my apartment (some in a 60 bottle wine refrigerator and others in cases at the bottom of my closet). I do have a few wines that may be considered “collectible,” but the key factor is that they are all in play for immediate consumption. No, this doesn’t mean that I’m drinking Kosta Browne single vineyard pinots every Monday night, but if I’m out to dinner with a few people whom I know will appreciate it, we may be bringing it along to dinner.

There are so many great deals out there, why bother aging the wines and holding the inventory cost myself, when I can just have someone else do it for me? Of course provenance is a potential concern, but there are plenty of reputable sources which I’ll be discussing in my new post.

What do you think defines someone as a collector ?

Tags: Collecting, Kosta Browne, Wine Cellars

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