My Wine Life Residential Cellar Management
Regina Jones Jackson – Guest Blogger
Founder & Principal Wine Consultant
Corks and Cuvee
Dank and dusty are words one might use to describe a wine cellar. The days of cobwebs and dusty residential wine cellars are a thing of the past. Let me shed some light on this.
Today’s residential wine cellars are beautiful spaces designed with the homeowner in mind.
I am the owner of a wine lifestyle business. One of the services that I offer is residential wine cellar management. I have a passion for beauty, organization and wine. Combine all 3 and this led to my creating a business enriching everyone from novices to experts in the art of collecting and storing wines for future enjoyment.
I often am asked how I turned my passion into a thriving business.
The How: Family and close friends know that I have a love for all things wine related. In the beginning, I was a “free” lance cellar consultant (and I mean FREE). Word of mouth took over and I was contacted by a homeowner who saw the value in my vision and services. I went from being a “free” lancer to having a viable wine cellar management business.
The Why: I love beautiful homes and believe that organization is key to managing investments as significant as wine purchases. I am a Certified Specialist of Wine, French Wine Scholar, and WSET certified. It is safe to say I LOVE wine and I LOVE helping homeowners fulfill their wine cellar dreams.
If you’ve ever thought about converting a special space in your home to keep your investment safe I have a few helpful hints. Having the space to build a professional grade cellar is nice but, small areas such as unused closets in a cooler part of your home work as well.
- Have a plan – decide what type of cellar you want. Do you want to entertain in your cellar? How can your space reflect your personality?
- The space should be a consistent 55 degrees with no direct sunlight.
- Wines should be kept still and laid down on their sides – this will prevent the cork from drying out.
- Do not store your wines in the kitchen – the temperature in a kitchen fluctuates and does not lend itself to aging your precious wines properly.
- Invest in what you like – you ultimately must drink the wines you purchase.
- Taste as many wines as you can before you buy.
- Purchase at least three bottles of any wine. Consider labeling them for special events such as 21st birthdays, graduations and future weddings.
- Keep records of what you have in your cellar – they have apps for this such as cellartracker.com
- Variety is the spice of life – different regions and varietals make for an exciting mix of wines.
- Find a wine merchant you trust. A good wine merchant will let you know when there are new items in stock that you should consider adding to your collection.
- Add something sweet to your cellar – dessert wines are lovely.
I hope these tips are useful. I encourage ALL wine lovers to live your BEST wine life. I sure am J Cheers!
Regina Jackson is a wine enthusiast, blogger and the owner of Corks and Cuvee. Corks and Cuvee is a successful wine lifestyle business based in beautiful Atlanta, GA. Regina holds multiple expert wine certifications and is available for consultation at your convenience. Visit Regina at her website www.corksandcuvee.com.