Cellaring Wine: Managing Your Wine Collection...to Perfection

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Wine is an experience. There's an aura of romance to bringing a bottle up from your own cellar, carefully drawing out the cork, pouring the wine into a goblet, and taking the first delectable sip. Now Jeff Cox, author of From Vines to Wines and a respected connoisseur, shows you how easy it is to have a wine cellar of your own.

You'll learn how to create a working system of selecting wines that will age well, how to lay them down properly, and how to recognize when they have ...

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Cellaring Wine: A Complete Guide to Selecting, Building, and Managing Your Wine Collection

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Overview

Wine is an experience. There's an aura of romance to bringing a bottle up from your own cellar, carefully drawing out the cork, pouring the wine into a goblet, and taking the first delectable sip. Now Jeff Cox, author of From Vines to Wines and a respected connoisseur, shows you how easy it is to have a wine cellar of your own.

You'll learn how to create a working system of selecting wines that will age well, how to lay them down properly, and how to recognize when they have matured and are ready to be savored. Cox pinpoints the optimal temperature, light, and humidity for a wine cellar. He walks you through possible locations for your wine cellar—the basement, an old root cellar, your garage, or even a closet—and outlines what each location requires. He explains when you'll need a climate-control device. And he discusses the pros and cons of buying a freestanding unit much like a refrigerator. Cox even shows you how to keep good records so you know at a glance what you have, where it is, and how much you need to buy so that your cellar doesn't become depleted. And he gives you a crash course in appreciating the fragrance and flavor of a fine wine.

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Editorial Reviews

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“… a simple, pleasant guidebook … Cheerful, cartoon illustrations and easy language demystify the project and can make you a co-creator of great wine.” — The Wine News

“Even if a real wine cellar is a dim vision in your architectural future, this book offers something for you right now: encouragement and good, hard information.”

San Antonio Express-News

“Loaded with expert information, this volume is as accessible to novice wine collectors … as it is educational for serious oenophiles seeking to house an extensive array of vintages.” — Publishers Weekly Online

“A thoughtful, easy-to-follow, and explicit guide, Cellaring Wine is confidently recommended for dedicated and aspiring wine connoisseurs.” — Library Bookwatch

“ … practical advice that will enable you to easily oversee the construction of a wine cellar large or small.” — San Diego Union-Tribune

“Cox shares 30 years of wine-collecting wisdom … ” — Northwest Palate

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580174749
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 10/15/2003
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,339,146
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Cox is the author of 17 books on food, wine, and gardening, including From Vines to Wines and Cellaring Wine. He is a contributing editor to The Art of Eating and The Wine News and is a frequent contributor to Decanter. He has been the host of two television series, Your Organic Garden on PBS and Grow It! on HGTV. Cox lives in Kenwood, California.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

Part One: Why Collect and Cellar Wine?
1. Why Collect Wine?
2. Selecting and Acquiring Wine
3. How Wine Ages
4. Cellar Size and Function

Part Two: Building and Using the Wine Cellar
5. Constructing and Equipping a Wine Cellar
6. Freestanding Units and Other Cellar Options
7. Record Keeping
8. Consuming and Evaluating Wine

Bibliography
Appendixes: Wine Aroma Wheel, Wine-Growing Regions of the World, Wine-Growing Regions of Italy, Wine-Growing Regions of France, Wine-Growing Regions of Spain, Wine-Growing Regions of California, Resources
Glossary
Index

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