The $2500 Wine Cellar

Part 1: Getting started with Rioja and Beaujolais


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Finding Wines $30 and Under

What I am trying to do with this first installment about cellarable wines is find the great values out there, the real wow wines under $30 that will reward up to about a decade of cellaring, though sometimes a bit less, with beautiful wines. Easy right? You better believe it!

Will you like or agree with every suggestion? Doubtful at best. But that is not my point. In fact, I would go so far as to say that it is specifically not my point for at least two reasons. The first is that we all should be constantly re-examining our prejudices and biases, while the second is a lesson learned over and over by nearly every wine lover who cellars wines: those prejudices and biases will change over time!

If you cellar wine, don’t be afraid of taking a few risks now and again. A cellar full of your favorite wines is a fantastic treat, a cellar full of your favorite wines and wines you had no idea were to be your favorites is even better!

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  • Snooth User: SPLOG2
    69081 199

    Penfolds Bin389

    Jan 05, 2012 at 1:56 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    89065 237,302

    Love it!
    Great call.

    Jan 05, 2012 at 3:00 PM

  • Quinta do vale meao meandro 2008 $22-25

    Jan 05, 2012 at 7:48 PM

  • Snooth User: JC YYC
    1008523 25

    I like almost all penfolds. I have 01's to 06's of various bin 28, bin 389, bin 2, bin 128, and 05 st Henri

    Jan 06, 2012 at 1:38 AM

  • Should I serve this wine or keep it ?
    Sinatra Merlot 2001?

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:26 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    89065 237,302

    that's a wine that would be best consumed sooner rather than later. It's from a good vintage but was meant to be approachable on release.

    Jan 16, 2012 at 10:49 AM

  • Have only found this first part...where can i find the rest, as i am quite interested in the complete article? Thks

    Jan 06, 2013 at 7:33 PM

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