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Drink or Hold: How Far in Advance Do You Buy Wine?

June 18, 2014

In the United States, much of the wine purchased at retail is for immediate consumption. But most wine lovers end up with at least a few extra bottles from their shopping and tasting trips, and some get bit by the collecting bug.

When you purchase wine, how long do you usually keep it before drinking it?

A day or two; I mainly buy for a specific occasion

A few weeks; I like to plan ahead

Several months; I like to stock up

A year or more; I like to maintain a diverse collection

Five or more years; I mainly buy wines meant for aging


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