Consider a beautiful home wine cellar stocked with rare vintages of Bordeaux, cult Napa Valley cabernet sauvignons and a number of ready-to-drink young varietal wines—a conglomeration of top picks from leading wine magazines alongside classic, Old World bottles. The cellar’s owner, however, is not entirely sure what to drink or when to drink it, whether it’s a casual weekday dinner or special occasion.
Enter the wine concierge: These experts have become popular resources across the country and can help clients discover their signature sips, curate personalized wine collections, learn more about the vintages they already own, and even arrange custom tours of vineyards and wineries.
“When I inventory someone’s cellar, I give them a book with information about their wines,” says Kathleen Bershad of Fine Wine Concierge in New York. “Clients know their wine, but they might need help organizing their cellar. They want to know what to drink now and what to pair it with.”
From wine cellar management to buying and selling rare bottles to stocking ready-to-drink wines and suggesting pairings, the professionals offer personalized service for oenophiles of all knowledge levels. Like a sommelier’s relationship with a dinner guest tableside, a wine concierge creates an individualized experience for wine collectors at home.
“A concierge is somebody who not only will listen to you, but can also pinpoint your specific needs,” Bershad says. “A lot of customers want a wine education. You are able to roam around the whole world of wine and find what best fits.”
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