Well not really my own, but as of last Friday I'm now a member of Göteborgs Vinkällare and have my own little space/box where I can store my wine.
It's something I've been think about for along time, but been somewhat hesitant to do since I'm just a happy amateur when it comes to wine. Yes I taste and drink a lot of wine and can tell the difference between the major grapes and their characteristics but I'm far from an expert. Later this autumn I'm also going take a basic course in wine knowledge which I'm really looking forward to. Hopefully it will also make me feel more secure that I actually do know a thing or two about wine.
I felt awfully grown-up when I signed the contract for the cellar. Like I had taken a giant step into adulthood. I also thought a lot about dad. When he died 23 years ago he left quite a substantial wine collection behind, which mum very happily enjoyed drinking. He loved Bordeaux and now I really wish we had kept some of the '82s, which back then were very young.
So in honour of dad I went to Systembolaget (Swedish alcohol monopoly) and bought a bottle of Château Brane-Cantenac 2007. Margaux was his favourite Bordeaux appellation and I will open it in May 2014 when he would have turned 80. I'm pretty sure he's watching from his heaven now thinking "That's my girl!"
I also bought a bottle of Cullen Mangan 2007 in honour of several Aussie friends who have inspired me to peruse my interest in wine and have thought me a lot about Australian wines. Of course we have also shared some magnificent bottles of wine.