Cellar: Records

Appears in

Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Cellar records are not necessary but they can add to the pleasure of wine collectors with a love of order and memorabilia. (The other school enjoys the twin elements of chaos and serendipity in plundering their wine cellars.) Traditional cellar records have a good-sized page for each case of wine acquired, stating price, supplier, and date of purchase. Below this a dated tasting note for each bottle tasted can be inserted, together perhaps with details of the circumstances in which it was opened. The pages can be grouped by wine type (red bordeaux, for example) and individual bottles can be grouped appropriately together on pages. (Those using professional wine storage need, for obvious reasons, to keep full details of where and since when the wine has been stored.)