| AFFORDABLE WINES TO START A COLLECTION |
Tips for Starting a Collection TIP #1: FOLLOW ITS DEVELOPMENT Buy two of each of the bottles that you intend to store, so that you can monitor their aging progress. Note the purchasing date with a bottle tag or in a notebook. Drink one in a year, the other in five years. If it’s one you like, buy it again to keep the collection stocked. TIP #2: MIND THE PACKAGING Natural cork is the most reliable closure for aging wine, as it’s been used for centuries. Wines under screwcap also provide a reliable barrier to oxygen; however, most producers use screwcap for wines intended Find a cool, dark spot that will maintain a constant temperature (this is key). Any fluctuation in temperature or light can impact the wines’ longevity. Store the bottles on their sides to avoid the corks from drying out. TIP #4: KEEP TRACK Don’t forget to keep notes about the wines you like or dislike, as a reminder for future purchases. With every purchase, remember its purpose. Some collections serve to increase in value over time. But most are meant for enjoying, maybe not today, but someday. When in doubt, buy what you like to drink. for early consumption. TIP #3: LOCATION, LOCATION!
CLOS DE L’ORATOIRE DES PAPES CHÂTEAUNEUF- DU-PAPE France $53.99 619197 plum mix with dried garrigue , sweet pipe tobacco and stony earth. A beautiful, textural and gentle palate leads to a smoky finish. Aromas of ripe blackberry and
FONTANAFREDDA SERRALUNGA D’ALBA BAROLO Italy $49.99 99424 Intense dark fruit aromas mingle with notes of baking spice and vanilla. The flavours are soft and ripe, with a focused structure and velvety undertones.
NIK WEIS ST. URBANS-HOF OLD VINES MOSEL RIESLING Germany $26.99 597997 Succulent peach and ripe apple blanket the tongue with a dusting of slate and saline. A hint of dried herb speckles through a delicate, off-dry finish.
STAGS’ LEAP PETITE SIRAH USA $48.99 433052 Brambly notes of blackberry and blueberry accentuate this robust wine. A smoky thread weaves through hints of licorice and black pepper with generous tannins and a lingering finish.
INNISKILLIN OKANAGAN VIDAL ICEWINE BC VQA $50.99 558452 375 ml flavours of peach, mango and honey are accented by hints of lemon zest and marmalade. Explosive and concentrated Luscious sweetness balances nicely with an inviting acidity.
CLOS DE LOS SIETE MENDOZA RED Argentina $29.99 128710 Generous aromas of blackberries and blueberries carry this full-bodied expression through the finish. Ripe and silky tannins combine with a zeal of well-structured charm and freshness.
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