Hello there! I'm Dr. Vinifera, or "Vinny" for short. Ask me your toughest wine questions, from the technical aspects of winemaking to the fine points of etiquette. I hope you find my answers educational and even amusing. Looking for a particular answer? Check my archive and my FAQs.
Dear Dr. Vinny,
When Wine Spectator says "drink now," how long could you cellar the wine?
—David J., Issaquah, Wash.
Drink recommendations are just that: recommendations. Always trust your own experience above anything else. The "drink now" suggestion means that the taster doesn't believe the wine will improve with cellaring. If you like your wines with some bottle age, don't agonize over the recommendation—cellar as you normally would. If you've found that your tastes generally align well with the taster's, then use it as an excuse to drink up!
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