Fine Wine Blog

Building a Cellar at Home

22nd September, 2015

Fine wine is now enjoyed by much wider social groups and age ranges than ever before and there is evidence all around us that today’s wine consumers are increasingly intellectually and pleasurably engaged with fine wine. Where in the past, the image of the wine cellar was of a damp and underground cave hidden away where no one would want to go or spend time, today the cellar has been transformed into a centre for entertaining at the heart of the home. It is an asset and a talking point taking pride of place not only for its capability to store wine perfectly but for its design and ambience.

While appreciating and enjoying the aesthetic value of a home cellar can offer great pride and pleasure, the appeal of keeping wine at home goes beyond having direct access to a place where you can store and age wines yourself. Imagine sharing the experience of following your wines maturation process with friends and family, fully appreciating the enjoyment and the history that can be had when comparing wines and vintages over many years. A home cellar offers this opportunity as and when you please, ultimately creating unforgettable experiences.

But if you don’t already have a dedicated wine cellar, or if you have inherited one of those damp underground spaces that you would like to transform, where do you start?

AWC Fine Wine’s CEO, Stephen Williams, has spent the last 25 years advising wine connoisseurs on developing wine cellars to match their personality and lifestyle and is delighted to share some pointers on how to tackle it.   

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Without tempting fate, rumblings from producers and Négociants that I am talking to say they are hopeful for some stunning wines from this year’s harvest - the kind of vintage badly needed in Bordeaux” - AWC Fine Wine Buying Manager, Jim Baxter

Exciting news from our associates in Bordeaux who announce that we are on the eve of a great vintage, with near perfect conditions throughout the growing season. May, June and July were among the hottest on record creating just the right amount of water stress at the beginning of July to start the ripening process. By early August the véraison (colour change) was magnificent, with the grapes red by the middle of the month.  

AWC Fine Wine’s CEO, Stephen Williams, recently spoke to Château Margaux who declared that they are “truly delighted with both quantity and quality” of the vintage. They also announced that the harvest for their white grapes started on 3rd September and finished on Tuesday 8th September, while they expect to start picking the reds on the 18th/19th and have their pickers lined up to be in full swing by the 21st.

The potential for great reds is there, but totally dependent on a few more weeks of good weather. For sweet white wines, the Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc grapes are slowly coming to maturity, but as with every vintage, botrytis  - the essential fungus called Noble Rot – holds the key. While the grapes may not all in the basket yet, the outlook is great, so keep your fingers crossed!

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AWC at Masterpiece 2015

30th June, 2015

With just two days remaining, if you have not already paid a visit to the prestigious Masterpiece Art Fair, then there is still the opportunity to be inspired by works of art from a range of disciplines. The exhibition closes at 9pm on Wednesday 1st July, so be sure to come by to stand B14 to pay AWC a visit today or tomorrow.

Here is a chance to catch up with what has been happening.

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