Starting a wine collection takes money and time. You need a place to keep your wine where it will stay at a constant temperature of 55 degrees with 75 percent relative humidity, but you don’t want this to lead to a mold problem elsewhere in your home. It might be more cost-effective to put your wines in a wine storage facility.
Once you start collecting your wines, you may be interested in having a theme for your collection, such as wines from best Napa wineries. Napa Valley produces some of the best wines in the world, after all. It may help to join a wine club in Napa, so as to get savings on the wines you buy. Keep the documentation on all your wines, and have them appraised regularly without taking them out of climate-controlled storage. Look for wines you’d be equally happy to drink or resell — you don’t know what will be worth thousands of dollars in years to come, and what won’t.
If you’re visiting a small winery to see if they have wines worth collecting, make an appointment beforehand so there’ll be someone there you can talk with. Best Napa wineries have permit restrictions and can only accommodate a certain number of visitors each day, and hold scheduled tastings at specific times.
One of the best Napa wineries near St. Helena
Some of the best California wines come from Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards in Napa Valley. Just a 10-minute drive from downtown St. Helena, these vineyards produce world-class wines at affordable prices. The vineyard is a 40-acre estate just south of Howell Mountain. Instead of a busy tasting room, the vineyard offers you the chance to meet the owners and wine-makers and taste excellent wine stored in a cave. Wine Merchants Gourmet includes them in one of its Middle Valley tours.
An example of what this winery has to offer is the Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine that comes only from the best of the vintage. The 2011 Signature Cab is an intensely dark purple and red wine with an intense aroma of dark berries, smoke, blue flowers, anise and other spices, tar and minerals. It tastes as good as it smells, with a fruity palate of blackberries and blueberries with hints of violets, licorice and smoke. This is a rare vintage, produced in a cool year when yields were low.
Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards has been owned and operated by the Anderson family since 1983. Anderson’s wines are sold online and in five locations in Napa Valley, and many other locations nationwide. By ordering six bottles or more per year, you can join their wine club, giving you discounts on many of their finest wines.