You don’t have to be a millionaire to collect wine, and you don’t even need to have a huge amount of space available in your home. I’m what you call a “wine geek” (not to be confused with a wine snob) and even I don’t have a formal wine cellar! I simply possess a small closet located in the coolest part of my house. I’ve taken the doors off, and bought a stainless steel 60 bottle wine rack (on sale from a store that was closing down) et voila! Wine cellar! You just need somewhere that is out of direct sunlight, away from any amount of vibration, and located in the coolest part of your house.
More than 95% of wine sold each day is consumed with 48 hours of purchase, so don’t feel bad if you don’t already have a vast collection. I, however, truly believe that everyone needs a least a few bottles of “something” tucked away for that “special occasion”. If you manage to stumble across a wine that would be considered age-worthy; a fun experiment to play is to buy a few bottles, and drink them over the course of a few years, taking notes along the way. You don’t have to be a millionaire to do it, and it’s a great way to experience what even just a little bottle age can do to a wine. Plus, you can now brag to your friends that you’re a “wine collector”!