How to start a wine cellar

Online course


Join Will Lyons, The Sunday Times wine columnist and vice president of The Sunday Times Wine Club, on the evening of Thursday, September 10 as he guides you through how to create the perfect wine collection.

From understanding the benefits of collecting wine to learning how to store it, during this 90-minute online course Will Lyons will guide you through his expert advice for how to curate the perfect wine cellar.

Drawing on his extensive career in the wine business and coupled with his infectious charisma, Will will teach you the principles of wine investment and how to find value in your collection. He will also cover how to choose wines with ageing potential, the classic regions to explore when looking to stock up your cellar and share his personal insights and specialist tips so you finish the course with a wealth of knowledge about how to start your own wine collection.

This online course, brought to you by The Times and The Sunday Times, is a rare opportunity to hear from a leading practitioner in their field. Delivered via live video link, Will Lyons will lead an interactive masterclass before offering you the opportunity to pose your questions and receive feedback.


Part 1: Why start a wine collection

  • Wine as a collectable asset
  • How to taste and evaluate fine wine

Part 2: Which wines to collect

  • A focus on the world’s classic wine regions
  • Examples of wines that have the ability to improve with bottle age 

Part 3: How to buy wine 

  • The international auction scene
  • The rise of independent brokers
  • The best way to put together your cellar

Part 4: How to store your collection

  • Temperature controlled wine cabinets
  • Purpose built cellars 

About Will Lyons

For more than a decade Will Lyons has published a weekly column on wine, formerly in The Wall Street Journal and now in The Sunday Times. His humorous, informed, down-to-earth writing has been recognised in both the Glenfiddich and Roederer wine writing awards. He began his career in London, as a wine merchant in St. James' for Justerini & Brooks and has worked for fine wine merchants Lea & Sandeman and Berry Bros. & Rudd. Described by The Spectator magazine as having “one of the finest palate’s in Britain” he is a past president of the Edinburgh University Wine Society, where in between wine tasting, he read history. A Commanderie de Bordeaux, Lyons is also vice president of The Sunday Times Wine Club.

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