How long can wine be cellared?

Here’s another tip that comes from Columbia Winery’s own wine educator, Steve Vernon–a wise and funny guy whom you’ll find in the winery’s Woodinville tasting room, if you’re lucky.

A bottle of wine can age at the rate of $1 a month. What does that mean exactly? A $70 bottle of wine can be cellared for 70 months. A $25 bottle of wine can be aged for 25 months, or about two years.

This calculation makes cellaring easy, eh? Of course, my humorous husband tried to trip up Steve by asking him how to calculate cellaring if the bottle of wine was bought on sale. Steve laughed and didn’t answer.


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About Margot

Margot has been writing about wine since 1997 at KOIN-TV in Portland, Oregon; ten years later, she created this blog. Write for Wine focuses on the fine wines of Washington state, with additional posts about Oregon, B.C., California, ANZ, France, Italy, Spain and more. A former national journalist in Canada and the U.S., Margot has been a Washington wine enthusiast since moving to Seattle in 1999. Her motto: “It’s wine o’clock somewhere.”