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5 Tips to Start Wine Collecting On a Tight Budget

 TAGS:undefinedIf you are interested in starting a wine collection, there are many different wines to choose from. Some of the wines cost a fortune, but there are still some very good options if you want to start collecting wine. Some things that you may want to do to start collecting wine on a budget include:

Plan Your Budget and Your Storage

First, you will want to plan your wine collection. To start, set a budget for how much you want to spend on your wine collection, which can be monthly or annually. Storage of wine is also important, and there are many different options today, which include storing your wine in a cellar, buying a wine cooler or investing in a custom-built wine cabinet to keep your wines at the perfect temperature.

Choose Wines That You Are Familiar With

One mistake that beginning wine collectors make is that they get too carried away with their wine choices. If you are just starting your collection, it is best to start off slow and with wines that you are familiar with or have some knowledge of. Keep it simple and choose wines that are well-known. You will have a chance to be more daring with your wine choices as your collection begins to grow.

Be Daring, But Taste Wines Before Collecting Them

Investing in wine for your collection can be fun, and you may want to be more daring. As a rule of thumb, you will want to taste wines before you buy them. As you establish your wine collection, more wines will become familiar to you and the process of tasting and buying wine will be easier.

Find Deals on Wines That Are Overstocked

There are many choices of wines that range in price from a few pounds to thousands. If you have a set budget, you will get the most value from more affordable wines. There are also many wines that are on sale and need to be sold to make room for new stock. Start your wine collection with discounts and deals on wines that are on sale.

Choose Wines to Start Your Collection and Store Them Safe in The Cellar

When you have a plan and are ready to start your collection, you will be ready to start choosing your first wines. Start with a variety of wines that you have tasted and are familiar with. If you want to be daring and add something special to your collection, you can choose wines like, Brunello di Montalcino, which is becoming a popular choice amongst collectors.

Getting a wine collection started may not be as difficult as you think. With a little knowledge and a small budget, you can start storing wines away in a cellar or specially designed wine cabinet.

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Bruno Colin Chassagne-Montrachet 1Er Cru Morgeot Blanc 2015: a white wine from Chassagne-Montrachet made of 2015 grapes. Uvinum users reviewed this white wine with 4 of 5 points. 

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Domaine Hubert Lamy Chassagne-Montrachet 1Er Cru Les Chaumées 2015: a white wine from Chassagne-Montrachet with 2015 grapes. At Uvinum, this white wine scores an average rate of 4 of 5 points. 

Choosing wine for a gift at Christmas

 TAGS:Christmas tastes wine. And if you do not know what to offer, I ‘m sure your friend or partner would be happy if you give him a good bottle of wine. Do you know better gift? We give you tips for buying wine for Christmas this year. Take notes!

New: It is better to give a wine that meets the expectations and preferences of our friend, but it is also important to help them discover new products. Recent vintages wines reference are always a hit when it comes to young wines with amazing flavors.

By region: Wine regions determine, in most cases, our choice of wine. In addition, each area hides characteristics that make them unique. Of course, you distinguish the taste of a Rioja and a Ribera del Duero wine.

Be more original: forget the traditional wines. Be always ready to surprise your guests. To do this, think about the lesser known organic wines, a South African wine or from other countries, for example…

According to what you know about the person to whom you want to offer the wine: There is always a different wine for each person. If our friend likes powerful flavors, we will choose a bright red, while if he prefers desserts, Moscatell or other sweet wine are better options.

Personalized wines: It is possible to offer a wine that has a personalized label with the name or photograph of the person to whom you offer your gift.

By DO: Appellations of origin mark, somehow, the quality of a wine. We can always choose the wine we offer by name, especially if the person comes from that region or country.

Today we recommend two wines to offer as christmas gifts:

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Etchart Privado Malbec Rosé 2012

 

 

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Antinori Tignanello 2010

 

Buying wine on Internet

Buy wine online is something that still surprises many consumers. Quite a few people I know -wine lovers and regular buyers in wine stores and supermarkets- say they haven’t ever bought wine online. In our everyday work at Uvinum is to disclose our experience and preach about the advantages of the Internet over more traditional channels.

Buy wine online is now a reality. In the U.S., it represents already more than 8% of the B2C market, which equates to more than 2,000 million dollars. In Europe, online wine sales are growing year by year more than 10%, even if it is true that in Spain, consumers have failed to see (and companies might not have known how to educate well the user) the advantages and convenience of shopping on the Internet.

So I think it is good to do an afterthought process on what are the key elements when deciding to buy a wine at a wine shop or supermarket, for example. We have made several brainstorming sessions with people in the industry (and people who are not) and these are the elements that stood out when making a decision to stop buying a wine:

  • receiving a recommendation
  • price and price/quality ratio
  • complete information about the wine
  • brand
  • discovering a wine
  • design/packaging
  • wine brand
  • grapes
  • and DO (appellation)

To all this I would add:

  • the breadth of catalog
  • recommendations not influenced by commercial interest to buy a wine vs. other
  • the convenience of buying wine when you want (at work, at home…)
  • receiving personalized recommendations
  • being able to compare prices between shops and deciding on the best price

If I add up all these elements, all of them are clear arguments in favor to buy wine on the net. Internet offers all the options discussed here, but unfortunately buying wine online is not a massive reality in Spain today. What are we waiting for this to happen? If the travel industry, Internet represents already more than 25% of sales, given the clear benefits which this entails (over a traditional travel agency), how could it not be the same with wine?

In addition, there are several online stores in Spain doing a fantastic job, such as Drink Supermarket, Slurp, Exel wines, Swig, Naked wines, BBR, Majestic winesLaithwaites, etc. and other overseas such as Wine.com, Chateauonline, 1855.com… All of them have proven over time its quality as a service and its advantage as a sales channel.

On the other hand, when I talk to people about the issue of the online wine sales and the possible disadvantages of the net, some tell me:

You can not taste wine on the Internet…

And it is true, on the net wine can not be tasted. But, can you do this in a supermarket or in most of wine stores?

At the end, each sales area has its advantages, as can have it specialty shops, wine stores, supermarkets, etc. The only important thing is to spread the wine culture and the responsible consumption to share with your family or friends.