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I wish I had 40 bottles of good wine I made. Probably just over 30 but 500 in bulk and 360 empty bottles. It just needs a little more time to mellow out so I can do the proper blending.
 

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This made me think... cellar is full and holds just under 2,000 (not including converted carboy racks) and according to Cellar Tracker, I have just over 1,000 in commercial wines, plus another 30 or so large formats. That leaves about 1,000 in “my” wines, plus 60 in carboys, and 450 in 30 & 60 gallon barrels. Need to up my game, can’t take it with me......
 

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That's more like a calamitous disaster. Anything less than 250 is unforgivable!:w
I'll do better, I promise! I only started making my own early last year. I now have 60 in the bottle and another 90 in carboys!
 

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One of the vineyards that I buy grapes from had a room (1000+) filled with bottles of wine, made by the previous owner of the vineyard. The new owner said there were a few gems, but most of it was bad due to expired corks. It seemed like such a waste and I made a note then to not make more wine than I can consume or find homes for.
 

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How do you keep up with all of those?
With the commercial wines, I keep track of them through a program called CellarTracker. Tracks wine, drinking dates, and location within the cellar for me, so I don't lose track of bottles and when they should be consumed. It does a lot more as well, valuations, professional reviews, peer reviews, to name a few.........

With the wines I've made, it's much easier, they're pretty much stored and labelled in big blocks of 30 or more bottles. As the kit wines that I used to produce dwindle, there are fewer variations in the grape wines since I'm producing one large batch per year in either 30 or 60 gallon lots.
 

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LOL .... In my mind, I am about to run out when I am down to 100 gallons or so ;)
 

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One of the vineyards that I buy grapes from had a room (1000+) filled with bottles of wine, made by the previous owner of the vineyard. The new owner said there were a few gems, but most of it was bad due to expired corks. It seemed like such a waste and I made a note then to not make more wine than I can consume or find homes for.
You can always find a home for wine at my house! Keep on making!
 

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Made 5 gallons my first year and thought I had a lot of wine. It was gone before it had aged enough to open the first bottle. Next year I made 15 gallons - not bad, but not a lot of wine. It was down to three bottles just one year after bottling. Then I made 40 gallons and a reasonable number are still here. My plan is for at least 60 gallons this year but I need to build another wine rack. Now I think 100 bottles is enough as long as there is at least another 10 gallons in bulk aging and another batch or two started.
 

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Made 5 gallons my first year and thought I had a lot of wine. It was gone before it had aged enough to open the first bottle. Next year I made 15 gallons - not bad, but not a lot of wine. It was down to three bottles just one year after bottling. Then I made 40 gallons and a reasonable number are still here. My plan is for at least 60 gallons this year but I need to build another wine rack. Now I think 100 bottles is enough as long as there is at least another 10 gallons in bulk aging and another batch or two started.
I used to think 60 gallons a year might be enough as well. Now I have about 1000 bottles in the basement and about 100 gallons in bulk aging. I think once you get carboys wet, they multiply or something.
 

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I think once you get carboys wet, they multiply or something.
LOL ... yeah sort of seems that way ... I started out that way as well (a lot of us probably did) .... 5 Gallons seemed like a lot, then 20 gallons seemed like a lot, then 50, then 100.... Then there are all of the experimental batches of Country wines that accumulate... I make far more than I can drink nowadays. I usually give most of the product away as gifts... Trust me, I drink plenty of the stuff too ;)
 

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