I am a collector by nature. Books, magazines, DVDs, and wine. Though I am an amateur collector when it comes to wines. I only have around 250 wines and very few of them are worth more than $100. I generally buy wines I intend to drink. I don't buy wine as an investment or simply to show off the rarities I possess. But my wife is not a collector. I guess our house would not be big enough if she was a collector as well.
It was the May 2008 issue of Decanter that got me thinking in this vein. I read an article, "Collecting: It's A Man's World" by Rosi Hanson. The basic premise is that men are the wine collectors in the world and that few women take on that role. The article begins: "Men collect, women appreciate--discuss."
Though there are exceptions, it seems that wine collecting is primarily a male hobby. There is even a psychologist quoted who states that collecting in general is a male thing. There are then quotes from several other people, all giving support to Rosi's premise.
Though women may not be collecting wine, they are definitely spending more time learning about wine. And such learning may be more important to them than the idea of collecting wine. Though I am sure that in time, more women will start collecting wine.
So, are you a collector? If so, why are you one? If not, why not? Do you know any female wine collectors?