Only lay down wine from producers you’ve personally visited.
This guarantees that even if your tastes migrate far afield, you will feel a personal connection when you open a wine years after purchasing it. I can immediately think of two wines in my cellar that I would not prefer in a blind setting — one a Brunello, one a California Syrah — but the visit to the wineries was memorable. The food was lovely. The unhurried, unguarded moments with the winemakers was priceless. I don’t love those wines today, but I love the way they remind me of who I was. I love the image of tasting these wines just yards from where they were grown.