Wines to shape your cellar
While many of us Opimian Members simply consume our wines as they arrive, we are getting an increasing number of questions around building a cellar. A “cellar” doesn’t necessarily mean an actual temperature-controlled space for wine, but a selection of wine to maintain and build as our fascination with it grows.
It is always a good idea to balance your cellar with several styles of wine. While you’ll obviously want more bottles of your favourite styles, there is often a need for something outside your own taste. Guests don’t always share your palate and will want something other than that full-bodied red that you always turn to. You might host or attend a dinner that would be better suited to something from the ‘other shelf’ of your chosen wine storage area.
To help you in your decision-making, here are examples of the different styles of wine and a choice or two from this Offering from each style.
Pairs with anything, celebrations, romance
White/light fish, sipping on its own
Full body white
Poultry, mild cheeses, pork
Aromatic or sweet white
Dessert, rich foods like foie gras
Most appetizers, sipping on its own, the back deck
Many pastas, pork, poultry, sipping on its own
Versatile; many meats without heavy sauces, casseroles
Full body red
Heavy stews, many game meats, lamb, strong cheeses, even dessert