New year’s resolution: start a wine collection

I'VE got to be honest - I love a drop, or 12. Wine is something I've come to enjoy during the past 10 years.

In my mid-20s I started to gravitate towards the vino and away from the fizzy, sweet drinks mixed with rum or vodka that saturated my university days. Perhaps that was my palate, and even myself in general, maturing.

Weekend's resident wine guru, Regan Drew, has compiled a handy guide with everything you need to know to start your own wine cellar for the very affordable sum of $250. Lord knows you can spend that much on a single bottle of aged plonk.

If you're not sporting too much of a hangover from New Year's Eve, then starting your own wine collection could even be your resolution for 2015.

I know it would take a lot of discipline on my part not to drink every bottle of wine I bought (I'm not drinking them all by myself - I promise).

The search for new vineyards and varieties is half the fun, with the other half being the drinking, of course.

Most of my wine-tasting experiences so far have revolved around travel when I've been out exploring new places. South-eastern Tasmania's white wine was memorable, as was the seafood it matched so well, and earlier this year I found the only rose I've ever liked in the Hunter Valley at a one-man vineyard. Meeting the winemaker often gives you a new appreciation for the wine you taste, with just a glimpse of the label bringing up memories of the stories they shared.

Thinking back on all of the wonderful wines I've brought home from my travels, a particular fortified shiraz comes to mind, and it's a shame I didn't save any of them.

Regan has inspired me to start my own collection. Hopefully in five or 10 years' time it's still going strong.

I can only imagine what it will be like opening a 10 or 20-year-old bottle, stored with care and patience in my own home.

As the saying goes, good things come to those who wait.