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Is now the time to start a hamper wine collection?
Published on 18/02/2011

More tannic varieties of hamper wine may need to be stored away for up to five years, if the opinion of one expert is anything to go by.

Writing for the Courier-News, Billy Garlough, founder and president of My Chef Catering, explained now is a perfect time to collect wine thanks to global overproduction.

He noted red wine has longer-term aging potential than white and keeping it in a cellar can add depth and complexity.

"More tannic red wine may need at least five years of aging to allow the tannins to soften, allowing the wine to come into balance," Mr Garlough said.

In addition, he claimed pinot noir, Malbec and Bordeaux cabs – which can be kept for up to a decade - are all varieties every rack should contain.

However, Beppi Crosariol claimed in the Globe and Mail last week that there is no reason to store screw-top bottles horizontally.

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