When it comes to buying wine online, UK online wine sales reached £800 million in 2015, according to Wine Intelligence. We can now buy virtually any wine in the world at the touch of a button. From the most exceptional and rare wine, to the most ordinary and affordable. From every grape variety to every price range. Wherever you are, you can find up-to-date information about thousands of wines.
Before you buy wine online, you can also check reviews and tasting notes from an array of enthusiasts and wine specialists. This has seen an increasing number of wine collections grown from wine bought online. Here are some tips to boost your wine collection from the internet.
Keep to your tastes
You need to vary your purchases, to include tried and tested wines that you know you like, to new wines. It’s often a recommended strategy to start with buying wines from wineries whose wines you already know that you like. You should also take note of new wines you’ve tasted at restaurants, or with friends which we have liked.
…but also experiment
You shouldn’t hold back from ordering new wines as you’ll miss out on the pleasures of a huge array of wines. In fact, you will find that gradually your tastes will develop and, without even realising it, you will vary and widen your selection. It’s just about making a start, and taking it slowly.
Don’t buy more than you can drink now or store properly
You either need to drink your wine soon after receiving them, or store them properly. You’ll need to store them in a cool, ventilated place, with little light and consistent temperature and humidity. Or, if you haven’t got an area like this in your home, then invest in a wine fridge.
Combine moderately-priced wines with premium, select bottles
There are thousands of quality wines which are at the lower end of the pricing scale. But they may not necessarily be exceptional wines. Therefore, to give a touch of distinction and class to your collection, consider adding some higher priced wines. Ideally, you’d want to try to buy the most expensive wines as soon as they come out onto the market. If stored properly, these wines will increase in value over time and result in a great investment.
Building a wine collection can be both a satisfying and interesting journey. Naturally, at the beginning it will be difficult to create diversity within your collection. But once you start to delve deeper into the world of wine, your tastes will evolve and broaden. And to help you, online wine retailers offer a wider selection than their bricks and mortar counterparts. This offers a great opportunity to try something new.