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Getting your wine collection better organised.

By Macphee's, August 10th, 2016

Depending on the size of your wine collection, keeping it organised and orderly in your wine cabinet, racks or cellar makes for a less frustrating experience when the time comes to select a bottle to match an occasion. Perhaps even more importantly, it ensures that you have maximine enjoyment out of each bottle you collect as it is cellared and savored at the optimal time.

So how do you sort your wine and keep track of it? Whilst there are elaborate systems and applications for this, a few simple suggestions can help. Here are a couple to consider…

Divide by cellaring required…

Think about dividing your wine collection into smaller categories of “Drink Now”, “Short Term” cellaring (1-2 years) and “Longer Term” cellaring (don’t touch – if you can – for several years).

This offers the advantage of ensuring you drink wine at the appropriate time. Say for example you buy 6 bottles of a short to medium term wine (drink now to 5 years). Hide a couple of bottles in the long term section in your wine cabinet or cellar then allocate the rest to the short term cellaring section. There is nothing better than a cheeky red that has 3-5 years on it that wasn’t expensive, such as a French Cote Du Rhone red, a second label from an iconic winery or another little gem.

Divide by varietal…

Allocation by variety works well so that you can easily find the style of wine you are seeking. Youcan try categorising into Sparkling, Aromatic whites, Chardonnays then move onto onto Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Cabernet and so on.

Consider how to divide your collection depending on how much wine you have, your preferred varietals and whether you have much imported wine as well as Australian bottles. This simple method also allows you to see gaps easily so you know what needs a “top up”.

The real joy of collecting wine comes from the interesting surprises (and sadly some disappointments) that come from patience and cellaring your bottles properly.

Enjoy the moments and may you have many…

Offsite Wine Storage – why it’s a good option for your wine, and you

By Macphee's, November 6th, 2014

If you’re serious about cellaring wine and you’re thinking about storing it anywhere in the house long term, you’re pretty much wasting your time and, of course, your money.  Offsite wine storage will not only keep your wine in ideal conditions, it will add to your enjoyment as a wine collector in many ways.

We all know wine needs to be stored in a cool place, but how cool is cool? Ideally, wine needs to be stored at around 14 degrees Celsius. Now, that’s pretty cool, some would even say cold. Whilst ambient temperature in most homes is around 21 degrees, this varies by at least ten degrees throughout the year.  It is this variation in temperature that has one of the most detrimental impacts on wine.

When it comes to storing wine with a cork seal, humidity needs to be quite high, between 65 % and 75% (much lower and corks will dry out, letting in air and spoiling wine, much higher and labels will go mouldy). Other conditions that need to be considered when it comes to cellaring wine are darkness, minimal vibration and good air flow.

Many offsite wine storage facilities are climate controlled and therefore take care of these issues.  But ask yourself, ‘what other value added benefits can I gain from my offsite wine storage provider?’

Various Storage Options

Wine collectors have different needs when it comes to storing wine.  Some prefer to lock it away for the long term, others want a case delivered to their home or office as the wine is ready to be drunk, while a few like to ‘play’ with their wine, adding their latest purchase and rearranging their collection to suit their changing needs.  To cater for this, a professional wine storage facility, or cellarage as it is also known, should offer wine collectors various storage options that should cover self storage (where you get your own dedicated space that you access with a key or code) and managed wine storage (where you basically get someone else to do all the hard work for you).


Online Cellar Records

One of the obvious setbacks to storing your wine offsite is that you can’t look at it.  Some of the better wine storage facilities will catalogue your wine so that you can view your collection online at any time (vintage, variety, label and so on).  This is updated when any newly purchased wine (that you’ve had delivered directly to the facility from bottle shop or cellar door) is added to your collection.  Sometimes, you can add your own tasting notes to your online cellar, view graphs and get a maturity profile of your wine.

Does the Wine Storage Facility Understand Wine?

Many self storage providers also offer wine storage.  Problem is, how much added value can they offer you, the wine collector?  A professional wine cellarage has a myriad of products and services such as wine events, wine education, tastings, what to buy, wine retail, accessories, information on latest releases, and the list goes on.  Make sure you store your wine with a dedicated wine storage facility – after all, you don’t want your precious wine sitting next to someone’s old mattress and unwanted books.

Bottom line, cellaring your wine with a professional wine storage facility is a win/win all round and the result is you will get to drink wine at its best every time you open a bottle.

Interview with Tania Macphee on Wine Cabinets

By Macphee's, July 13th, 2012

Anabel Gomes

Anabe Gomes speaks to Tania MacPhee, co-founder of MacPhee’s for the wine enthusiast.
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Craig Macphee shares his tips for a good Cellar

By Macphee's, December 13th, 2011

Innovative Household Magazine
December 2011 Issue

Local wine appreciation is becoming more sophisticated, says Craig Macphee, director of Macphee’s, for the wine enthusiast, as consumers become more educated about wine, go to tasting and events and talk to retailers about what they are buying.
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Decanter – Ben Thomas’s Monty For The Cellar

By Macphee's, March 13th, 2011

March 2011

NOT ALL wine gets better with age. In fact its a downhill slope for most of the wines the minute they are bottled.

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Collecting Wine

By Macphee's, October 13th, 2010

Gourmet Traveler Wine
Oct / Nov 2010

Cellaring wine, like flying, has a serious side. The end game of enjoying beautiful, mature bottles is underpinned by some simple science and, if you get the basics right, you’ll be set on a course to great experiences.
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Has Cellaring Gone Underground?”

By Macphee's, September 13th, 2009

Wine Industry Journal
Sept/Oct 2009

Twenty years ago cellaring wine was the done thing. You’d buy a case or two of your favourites each vintage and lay them down to drink over the next 10 years – or longer if you had an older house and dry cellar.
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A Fine Drop

By Macphee's, April 26th, 2009

Sydney Morning Herald
26 April 2009

Climate control is essential to the health of your wine, says Justine Costigan.
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How to Maximise Your Enjoyment of Wine

By Macphee's, April 13th, 2009

April 2009
What every wine enthusiast needs to know
How to Maximise Your Enjoyment of Wine
by Tania MacPhee, MacPhee’s, everything for the wine enthusiast
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How to Choose the Right Wine Fridge

By Macphee's, March 13th, 2009

Don’t buy a wine fridge without reading this first.
Buying a wine fridge is a relatively large investment, and you need to get it right the first time. I have seen too many people buy poorly, ultimately becoming disappointed and frustrated with their cabinet, something that can easily be avoided.
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A Drop of Advice

By Macphee's, July 13th, 2007

A&K Life July 2007
How to maximise the enjoyment of your wine.

Selecting a good wine often takes time and more than a few dollars, so when you have chosen a bottle, you really want to enjoy it.
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EuroCave New Team

By Macphee's, July 13th, 2003

EuroCave’s home cellaring solutions for lovers of wine.

A new Australian EuroCave team is revolutionising  wine storage for local lovers of wine.

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EuroCave Wine Storage

By Macphee's, July 12th, 2003

French ingenuity created the most versatile and useful means of preserving and storing wine – the EuroCave range of wine cabinets and cellar conditioners.

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How to be a Cellar Master

By Macphee's, July 11th, 2003

Financial Review
It’s about having the vision, the patience and the self contol to invest in your future drinking pleasure.

Just like great wines, great wine collection are produced of passion, patience and favorable climatic conditions, write Michael Cave.
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A New Team for EuroCave

By Macphee's, May 13th, 2003

French company,EuroCave, invented the wine cabinet concept more than 25 years ago and now specialise in the preservation and service of wine globally.
erocave new

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