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How do you organize your wine cellar?

I currently have about 100 bottles of wine in my cellar, and I am looking for some suggestions on how to organize it. Should it be by region? varietal? when to drink? winery?

I'm toying with the idea of keeping the most reachable area for "drink now" wines, then organize the rest by varietal then winery.

For context, I have wine from various regions in California and Washington from about 14 different wineries. And I have zin, cab, petite sirah, syrah, pinot noir, and chardonnay.

Any suggestions on how you organize yours is appreciated! Thanks!

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  1. Varietal, then drink-by date.

    1. Red on one side, white on the other. Stuff I buy by the case gets one row per case (my Vinotemp 600's rows are 7 wide / 2 deep) in no particular order. Grouped together:

      - stuff to age
      - stuff to try soon to decide whether to get a case
      - misc. reds for current drinking
      - misc. whites for current drinking
      - misc. Alsatian / German whites for current drinking
      - misc. ros├ęs for current drinking
      - dessert
      - stuff I don't like that my friends might

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Me too. Whites on the left, reds on the right. Then from drink now to drink later. Sometimes I (not only "I"!) drink them so fast it's hard to keep straight. But my 1st priority is the whites left, and reds right.

        1. re: zin1953

          Ditto.
          Reminds me of what Gandhi said when asked what he thinks of western civilization: "I think it would be a good idea. "

          1. You can organize and do easy sorts with bin numbers/coordinates in your cellar and a spread sheet on your PC. Just keep it current. My brother & SIL in Vermont do this, they have a real wine cellar.

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            1. re: Veggo

              Interesting idea. If I set up a spreadsheet in Google Docs, I could use my smartphone to delete stuff as I drink it.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                My BIL uses cork.kz, scans most bar codes, assigns locator numbers etc, but there may be a better one available now.

                For myself, I use the CSI system (cram sh*t in).

                1. re: PolarBear

                  Lol! CSI...have to remember that one.

                  1. re: PolarBear

                    wines I buy at wineries generally don't have bar codes. Especially the ones from Europe.

                    1. re: PolarBear

                      cor.kz is the app linked to cellartracker.com

                  2. re: Veggo

                    I use an Excel spreadsheet fat I can sort by whichever column....... Usually variety then vintage. As you say, though, the whole thing falls apart if you don't keep it up.

                  3. You can use cellartracker.com and/or use a spreadsheet. You can label - locations/bins/shelves.

                    I sort by region then producer as I tend to identify what I want through cellartracker or a spreadsheet, and then I just need to go into storage and find it. I'm not a let me look at all my reds and then see what I feel like drinking type person.