What Does It Mean to be a Wine Collector?

December 5, 2018

In the wine world, the word "collector" may conjure visions of lavishly appointed showpiece cellars with high-tech temperature-control systems and extravagant crystal decanters, or of dusty, cobwebbed stashes of decades-old rarities.

But no one said that being a collector means you have to have an expensive—or even an extensive—inventory. Wine collecting is a rewarding hobby enjoyed by many, and doesn’t demand a limitless budget, vast storage space, or even much wine expertise. While some love hunting trophy wines, others focus their attention on specific vintages, regions or grape varieties. Others still might assign themselves a specific collecting challenge (such as getting their hands on as many gems in Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2018 as they can).

Clearly, the concept of "wine collecting" has many interpretations, depending on who you ask. Today, we’re asking you.

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Which of these best defines the term “wine collector” to you?