The $2500 Wine Cellar

Part 1: Getting started with Rioja and Beaujolais


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The $2500 Wine Cellar With these fateful words, I begin what may prove to be a most vexing and trying adventure: to build a complete and representative wine cellar with options at many price points and the ability to meet most people’s needs.

By needs, I really mean wants. We want to drink better, we want wines that are representative, we want wines that work with the foods we eat, we want our friends to enjoy our wines, and we want to know something about the wines we share so that we can share information as well as assuage thirst.

This is already turning out to be a much more adventurous project than I had intended just four minutes ago! So let’s quickly move on and try to establish a few guidelines for these early selections. Today, we’ll start with our first two types of wine.

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  • Snooth User: SPLOG2
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    Penfolds Bin389

    Jan 05, 2012 at 1:56 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    89065 238,748

    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 238,748

    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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