Ray Isle Explains Why You Should Raid Your Wine Cellar

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If you have dozens of bottles stored in your cellar just waiting for the “right time” to drink or for a special occasion, then this podcast episode is for you. The conversation features Food&Wine Magazine Executive Wine Editor Ray Isle, who, during the COVID-19 pandemic, began plowing through his wine cellar and sharing the experience on his Instagram channel with the hashtag #WTFDrinkTheCellar.

Ray offers many excellent reasons why you should raid your wine cellar and drink up those special bottles — or else your kids may wind up with them! He also offers tips on how to pair older wines with food, when to decant a wine, what to do if the wine is not quite ready (or past its prime), how to find the perfect time to open a wine, and tips on buying wines that aren’t so expensive yet can age beautifully.

You can vicariously follow Ray’s expedition through his wine cellar on Instagram @rayisle (https://www.instagram.com/rayisle/) and on Twitter @islewine (https://twitter.com/islewine).

About Ray
Ray Isle is the Executive Wine Editor of Food&Wine and the Wine & Spirits Editor of Travel + Leisure. He writes Food&Wine’s monthly “Bottle Service” column and oversees wine content for both brands as well as contributing regular print and online features about wine, spirits, and wine-related travel. His articles about wine, beer, food and spirits have appeared in a wide range of national publications, as well as in Best American Food Writing. He has twice won the IACP Award for Narrative Beverage Writing, has won a gold award from the North American Travel Journalists Association, and been nominated three times for the James Beard Award in beverage writing. He speaks regularly on wine at events and is a frequent guest on national media, appearing on programs such as NBC’s Today show, CNBC’s On the Money & Squawk Box, American Public Media’s “Splendid Table,” and many others.

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Founder of popular wine blogs Wine Dictator and Wine Weekly and host of Inside Wine Podcast, Joe's career in the wine industry spans four decades. He is a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and holds Level 2 certification from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET).

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