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5 Ways to Organize Your Wine for the New Year

The beginning of a new year is the perfect excuse to get organized, and making sure your wine is in drinking order is no exception! It’s always fun to see what you have on hand, what you might want to look for in the new year, and even find some wines you might have forgotten you had. Use these helpful tips to get organized for 2020!

1) Type:

A curved, brown wood wine rack on a cream wall with a table with two wine glasses and a wine decanter on it.

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Whether your wine collection is just getting started or you’ve been at it for a while, the simplest way of organizing for the new year is to organize by the type of wine – Rosé, white, red, and sparkling. If you have fewer bottles or have certain wines you’d like to put on display, you can get creative with the way you present them too.

We love fun wall wine rack displays like this, as they’re an artistic but practical way to store your wine, and can even be a great conversation piece!

2) Varietal:

Five wine bottles on a wine rack with eight shelves for wine, five of the bottles have wine tags on the neck of the bottle.

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If you’ve graduated to a rack with several rows, or have a diverse set of varietals to organize, you might want to get a little more specific with your approach.

After dedicating one shelf or row each for Rosé, whites, reds, and sparkling, group the same varietals together so wines like Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc aren’t mixed. This way, they’re not only easier to find, but if you’re looking for a wine to pair with a specific meal, it’ll make your search that much faster.

Another fun way to organize wines with a creative flair, especially if the wines are visible to guests, is to place tags on the neck of each bottle. You can put the varietal, the vintage, and even the name of the winery on the tags which will help you find a specific bottle without disturbing any of the bottles at rest. When you’re looking for the perfect food pairing, you’ll know exactly where to find the wine you need.

3) Cellaring time:
If your collection has grown large enough to include a number of aging wines, you might want to further classify your collection to include a drink-by date so you can ensure that you’re cracking open your bottles right at their peak. We recommend storing these wines toward the back of your cellar or an area on your wine rack that sees less traffic (i.e. the bottom vs. the top) so they remain as undisturbed as possible. And, it’s wise to have the wine collared on its side to avoid the cork drying out, as well as storing the wine at the proper temperature. With our family’s vineyard located in the Rutherford AVA, an appellation considered to be a premier source of Napa Valley fruit, our wines fit perfectly anywhere on your wine rack! Scarlett wines are beautiful options to drink both now or five, even ten, years down the line.

4) Region:

A large wine cellar

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The region grapes originate from can greatly influence the taste of a wine, so storing wines from similar parts of the world together can make it easy to select a bottle for a specific meal or occasion. This is also a good way to familiarize yourself with different wine regions and even try new ones. For example, if you collect French wines you might divide your cellar into the country’s 11 major wine regions.

5) Through an App:
If your organization system begins to get a little complicated, you might need a little help to keep track of it! There are various apps, such as CellarTracker, that let you search through their large database of wines to locate a bottle, then allows you to add them to your collection. It shows you the best drinking date, location, varietal, and vineyard for each wine, so searching is remarkably easy. You can also access reviews and ratings for new wines before you buy them!

 

No matter how you decide to organize your wine, wine collecting is a fun (and delicious!) hobby that will bring you years of enjoyment with family and friends. Cheers to a new year filled with wine both new and old!

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