A Vision of Private Wine Odyssey

Wine Tales | Written By, NOW! BALI | September 8th, 2014

A wine cellar for wine lovers; the dream of many I believe. But you should not even think about building a wine cellar if the temperature and humidity are not right. It’s best to start with a fridge before creating a real cellar underground. And as these wines are for private consumption rather than for a restaurant, what wines should you buy and keep in the cellar? The first thought should be “everyday wine;” that is wines which are affordable and of a quality that pleases your palate at lunch or dinner time. Of these wines you should have a selection of whites, reds, Champagnes and sparkling wines. For “everyday” white wines, I would suggest Chablis from Burgundy, Riesling Kabinett from Rheinpfalz or Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough. For red wines I would suggest a fine Beaujolais like a Morgon or Saint Amour, Rioja Crianza or a fine Malbec from Mendoza. The sparkling wine could come from the area you are living in but the best (and if you do not live in a wine area) is Champagne, with well known brands including Nicolas Feuillatte and Moet Chandon. You should purchase these wines again and again before changing the selection after two years.

A wine cellar for wine lovers; the dream of many I believe.  But you should not even think about building a wine cellar if the temperature and humidity are not right. It’s best to start with a fridge before creating a real cellar underground. And as these wines are for private consumption rather than for a restaurant, what wines should you buy and keep in the cellar?

The first thought should be “everyday wine;” that is wines which are affordable and of a quality that pleases your palate at lunch or dinner time. Of these wines you should have a selection of whites, reds, Champagnes and sparkling wines. For “everyday” white wines, I would suggest Chablis from Burgundy, Riesling Kabinett from Rheinpfalz or Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough. For red wines I would suggest a fine Beaujolais like a Morgon or Saint Amour, Rioja Crianza or a fine Malbec from Mendoza. The sparkling wine could come from the area you are living in but the best (and if you do not live in a wine area) is Champagne, with well known brands including Nicolas Feuillatte and Moet Chandon. You should purchase these wines again and again before changing the selection after two years.

Secondly, you should cater for special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries and presents to give family and friends. These wines are normally not cheap and should be stored for many years. These special wines can be recognized by the label “Grand Crus” (for French white wines) or 1er Grand Crus Classes A or Chateau Neuf Du Papes (for French red wines), “Grosses Gewaechs,”“Erste Lage,” “Eiswein,” “Trockenbeerauslese,” (for German white wine), “Gran Reserva,” (for Spanish reds) “DOCG” for Italian wines from famous areas like Bolgheri, Montalcino and Barolo and “Millesimes” and “Grand Cuvees” for fine Champagnes.  In terms of new world wines, look for wines from famous European wine houses like Lafite or wine houses like Mondavi, Penfold and Garage wines. To get to know these wines it’s a great idea to visit wine fairs in Verona, Bordeaux or Dusseldorf.

Thirdly, it’s important to include some wines that you can enjoy on special occasions at home, like dinner parties, your own birthday, or a wine and cheese tasting evening. The type of wines suitable for these kind of occasions could include a good Premier Cru from Burgundy, a Spaetlese dry and demi sec from Franken, a Grand Cru from Alsace, a Riservas from Priorate, a Smaragd from Steiermark or Napa Valley’s great wines. Where before the celebration wines carry a price tag from $100 to $2000 a bottle, these bottles are priced from $30 to $180 per bottle.

Finally there should be a selection of more obscure wines that are not needed quite so often.  I speak here of Rose wines, half bottles, Port wines, Sherry and Madeira.

In the end it is your decision as to which wines you would like to store but it should be always for pleasure and not to make money on the side. Like someone  said, “we live too short to drink bad wines”.!               

 


                                                                        

 

Harald Wiesmann, Restaurant Manager of the Asian inspired Haute Cuisine Kayuputi and Chief Sommelier at The St. Regis Bali Resort, has a very interesting career history spanning a number of years with different roles in various countries. His 41 years of international experience has led Kayuputi to receive prestigious awards from the Wine Spectator Magazine (USA) for four consecutive years since its opening five years ago. While for the first two years the restaurant was awarded “Award of Excellence,” these last three years Kayuputi has been honoured with “Best of Award of Excellence,” making it the first and only restaurant in the whole of Indonesia to win this coveted award for the third time. Just recently, the fine restaurant received “Award of Travelers’ Choice for Travelers’ Favorite Fine Dining Restaurants in Indonesia” and 2nd place for “Travelers’ Favorite Fine Dining Restaurants in Asia” from Trip Advisor.

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