A Peek Inside My Wine Fridge

When I bought my wine fridge a few years ago, I thought, "18 bottle capacity should be enough." Spoiler alert: I was wrong!! Right now there's wine all over my dining room. (Thankfully it's cool and doesn't get much light.) It looks like an episode of Hoarders, but with wine, which is potentially worse... I can only imagine what people think when they visit! The maintenance people have made comments like, "You must like wine!" Yes, yes I do.

A peek inside my wine fridge may not include all of my wine, but I thought perhaps you'd like to see some of the wines that I'm either aging or reserving for a special occasion. These are some of the bottles I'm most excited about, but be warned: some are a little pricey. While I mainly focus on good value vino, everyone needs to splurge sometimes!

The Reds

Vivanco Rioja Seleccion de Familia Reserva 2011: $23.99
This one is actually amazing value! I highly recommend purchasing a bottle if you like Rioja.

Alessandro e Gian Natale Fantino Vino Rosso Laboro Disobedient 2013: $57.99
Sadly I've finished all my '05s of this declassified Barolo. It'll be a while until I open this bottle.

Theorem Vineyards Voir Dire 2014: ~$145, allocation only
What's a trip to Napa without buying a luxury Cabernet Sauvignon?!

R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Reserva 2005: $39.99
This incredibly popular Spanish wine is a total steal for <$50.

Sandhi Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2013: $35.99
If you've watched the third Somm documentary you're probably dying to try Domaine de la Cote. Sandhi is also from winemaker Rajat Parr—but way cheaper!

Cruse Wine Co. Monkey Jacket 2016: $27.99
This is the cult winemaker behind the very rare, expensive Ultramarine sparkling wine. Once again, a more affordable way to try a great winemaker's work!

The Beaujolais

Jean Claude Lapalu Le Rang du Merle Beaujolais Villages 2011, $29.99
Bojo with some age? I can't wait to see how it is! Purchased directly from Fass Selections. Request to get on their list here.

Domaine Foillard Morgon Cote Du Py Beaujolais 2016: $44.99
It's not often that you find a Foillard hanging out on a Fine Wine and Good Spirits shelf. When I spotted this, I had to grab it.

Yvon M├ętras Beaujolais 2015: $39.00
Sadly I can't find this for sale anywhere (it sells out quickly). I purchased it from Verve.

Marcel Lapierre Morgon 2017: $36.99
I'll admit that I don't shut the f*ck up about this wine. But it's my favorite and I don't care.

The Whites

Jean Rijckaert Arbois Chardonnay 2015: $24.99
Dear Chardonnay lovers, it's time to try some from the Jura. Game changer!

Celler Escoda-Sanahuja Els Bassots 2013: $33.99
If you're in the Philly area, you can find this Chenin Blanc at 320 Market and Cafe, aka my favorite wine shop ever.

Etienne Calsac 'L'echappee Belle' Extra Brut Champagne NV: $45.00
This is my only bottle of Champagne at the moment. Not because I don't like Champagne... but because I drank the rest.

Donkey and Goat Gadabout 2017: $24.96
I'm saving this blend of Chardonnay, Marsanne, and Grenache Blanc for spring!

Lieu Dit Melon de Bourgogne Santa Maria Valley 2017: $24.00
You may know Melon de Bourgogne as the grape in Muscadet from the Loire Valley.

Minimus Wines Number 22 Pinot 2016: $40.00
A white Pinot from my favorite Oregon winemaker, this is a blend of Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, and Pinot "Gouges."

Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis Clos de Mosny 2015: $32.99
Looking at the name of this, I get why French wines confuse people! It's a Chenin Blanc.

Battenfeld Spanier Hohen Sulzen 1er Cru Riesling 2015: $22.99
Another one from Fass Selections. If you love Riesling, this is a producer to seek out.

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Thanks, Anna Marie of Vinyls & Vino, for inspiring this post! Check her out on YouTube.