I started making wine several years ago. Like many others, I made a bunch of wine at first. And it was okay, but not great. So I set it aside.
I made some more, and it was also just okay. And I set it aside.
Then I made a couple of batches that were a little better than okay, so I started drinking those.
This went on for a couple of years. I never made a lot of wine at one time, because life was pretty busy and I just don’t have a lot of space to store either the wine or the equipment in my house.
Eventually I opened another one of those first “okay” bottles. Only now it had been aging for a few years. And it was great!
Amazing… What had been a mediocre wine had turned into something special with age. So I started to drink up our older wines, and slacked off on new production for a while. By this time Mrs. Noontime was also making wine, but not a lot. After all, we already had a lot of good wine in the house.
And then something happened. About a year ago, we began to realize that our better wines were starting to run out. So we stepped up our winemaking again.
Only, now we had a bunch of young wines, and just a few bottles here and there of old favorites.
What to do? Make more wine, of course! (And build more storage racks to hold it all.)
Have you ever had this problem? Do you have a plan to make sure your cellar stays well stocked with nicely aged wine? Help a fellow winemaker out and tell me all about it in the comments!