Thanks to wine preservation systems and storage units, you can now always enjoy a fresh glass at home. With a little planning, a well-stocked home wine bar can function for all occasions, from your post-work aperitif to after-dinner dessert wines.\r\n\r\nThere are six categories to consider when stocking a home bar, according to sommeliers and wine buyers. We polled wine pros across the country to compile their tips on everything you need to create the ultimate at-home wine bar.\r\n\r\n\r\nDry aperitif and a dry ros\u00e9\r\n\u201cFor an inexpensive aperitif,\u00a0I would recommend a dry German sekt,\u201d says Joshua Lit, wine director at New York City\u2019s Gotham Bar & Grill. He recommends a sparkling Riesling from the Mosel region. \u201cRiesling is such a dynamic grape, and\u00a0wines of this style are a great and affordable way to start your evening off right.\u201d\r\nOther possibilities include a dry fino Sherry, stored in the fridge and served either alone or in cocktails.\r\n\r\nLit also suggests stocking your shelves with at least one crisp, crowd-pleasing ros\u00e9.\r\n\r\n\u201cWhat I look for in a dry ros\u00e9 is ripe fruit and acidity,\u201d he says.\u00a0\u201cSome of my favorite producers of ros\u00e9s come from Sonoma Coast.\u00a0When Pinot Noir is picked early enough to have good acidity, it makes for a delicious ros\u00e9.\u201d\r\n\r\nRecommendations\r\nHansen-Lauer 2016 Brut Sekt Riesling (Mosel); 90 points. $25. Swirls of honey, tangerine, brioche and mineral perfume this lavishly floral sparkling wine. The palate is crispy and peachy but intently stony, too. An easy-drinking but elegant and satisfying sip with delicate effervescence. \u2013Anna Lee C. Iijima\r\n\r\nAuteur Wines 2018 Ros\u00e9 of Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast); 95 points, $25. This is impressive wine at every level\u2014a crisp, complex exploration of minerality and cool-climate aromatics. Grapefruit, Meyer lemon and stone provide a backdrop of elegant flavor within structured elegance and appealingly well-integrated acidity. This is a delicious wine. \u2013Virginie Boone\r\n\r\n\r\nSparkling wines for everyday sipping or a celebration\r\n\u201cFor the value end of the spectrum, I'd go for Cava [from Spain] or Cr\u00e9mant from the Jura, Loire or Burgundy regions of France,\u201d says Arvid Rosengren, sommelier at Legacy Records restaurant in New York City. \u201cThe reason for recommending these is that they, by law, have to be made in a serious way, the same method as in Champagne.\u201d\r\n\r\nFor a high-end wine, Rosengren chooses Champagne. \u201cThere's a plethora of great grower Champagne out there that are delicious and have a great story to tell.\u201d\r\n\r\nRecommendations\r\nVicente Gandia NV El Miracle Organic Brut (Cava); $15, 88 points. Bready apple and pear aromas are clean and good, albeit standard for brut Cava. A centered palate is more easygoing and friendly than tight, while nectarine and orange flavors are just bright enough on a balanced finish. Made from organic grapes for what that's worth. \u2013Michael Schachner\r\n\r\nBertrand-Delespierre NV Enfant de la Montagne Premier Cru Brut (Champagne); $56, 90 points. A ripe blend of the three Champagne grapes, this is rich, showing baked apple, spice and a shot of acidity that perfectly backs up the white fruit and mineral texture. Drink now. \u2013Roger Voss\r\n\r\n\r\nVersatile everyday white and everyday red\r\nThomas Pastuszak, wine director at NoMad restaurant in New York City, says he \u201cwould look to dry Riesling from the Finger Lakes region of New York for a go-to dry white wine to stock a home bar with.\u00a0If you\u2019re looking for Sauvignon Blanc/Sancerre, a Pinot Grigio or a Chablis/unoaked Chardonnay, dry Riesling will stylistically totally satisfy what you\u2019re looking for. It is mineral-driven, thirst-quenching and pairs with a wide range of food.\u201d\r\n\r\nFor flexible everyday reds, blends from the C\u00f4tes du Rhone and C\u00f4tes du Ventoux are hard to beat. Also try the Rioja crianzas.\r\n\r\nRecommendations\r\nBoundary Breaks 2017 Dry No. 239 Riesling (Finger Lakes); $19, 91 points. A bright, effusive nose of pulverized limestone, freshly zested lime and white flowers offers a powerful start to this wine. The dry medium-bodied palate brings a complex mix of earthy, spicy and fruit elements, with flavors of crunchy yellow apple, lime, fresh ginger and tangy wet stone pushing through. A textured and tangy white-plum-skin note lingers on the finish. Editors\u2019 Choice. \u2013Alexander Peartree\r\n\r\nAlain Jaume et Fils 2016 Haut de Brun (C\u00f4tes du Rh\u00f4ne); $15, 90 points. Hints of sage and dried wild mint elevate this rich, densely concentrated red. The succulent black-plum palate is boldly fruity and primary but finessed by savory edges and taut, gripping tannins. It's an easy-drinking value wine that offers enough elegance for entertaining. Best Buy. \u2013A.I.\r\n\r\n\r\nFruity, but not sweet, whites and reds\r\n\u201cIf your local wine store\u2019s Italian white selection is the ubiquitous wall of Pinot Grigio, ask them to branch out and stock a Vermentino from Liguria,\u201d says Jenni Guizio, associate director of wine for Union Square Hospitality Group in New York City. \u201cThese wines are so bright and salty, lightly fruity and herbaceous that they can be equal parts thirst-quencher and serious food companion.\u201d\r\n\r\nHaving trouble locating Ligurian Vermentino? California also produces some interesting Vermentinos.\r\n\r\nFor your red, choose something fresh and fruity. \u201cBeaujolais is my go-to house red,\u201d says Guizio. \u201cI will usually look for a cru Beaujolais, such as Morgon or Fleurie, but Beaujolais-Villages will do just fine.\r\n\r\n\u201cWith fresh red fruit flavors, high acidity, relatively low alcohol and low-to-medium tannins, the wines are quite versatile.\u00a0Best with a slight chill.\u201d\r\n\r\nRecommendations\r\nSeghesio 2018 Vermentino (Russian River Valley); $24, 90 points. This wine is waxy in apple and lemon flavors, with an underlying floral accent. The texture takes on a slight creaminess that melds with its foundation of lively acidity. \u2013V.B.\r\n\r\nDomaines Dominique Piron 2017 Beaujolais-Villages; $17, 90 points. This richly structured wine offers red-berry flavors and acidity. The dry core balances the generous fruits. This balanced wine is ready to drink. Editors\u2019 Choice. \u2013R.V.\r\n\r\n\r\nA versatile white and a red for fancy dinners.\r\n\u201cFor a white, my thoughts would be a Savenni\u00e8res, which I always grab when going to dinner at a BYOB,\u201d Linda Collier says, referring to the sought-after, crisp Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley. Collier has owned Collier\u2019s of Centreville, a boutique wine shop in Delaware, for almost 40 years.\r\n\r\nFor a red, Collier loves a big, yet lean, Amarone from near Verona. \u201cIt is so perfect in so many ways,\u201d she says. \u201cNice by itself and wonderful with so many foods.\u201d\r\n\r\nRecommendations\r\nLo\u00efc Mahe 2015 Les Fougeraies (Savenni\u00e8res); $50, 93 points. A south-facing parcel on shale soil has produced this rich wine packed with tropical-fruit flavors as well as crisper apple and citrus acidity. Aged in wood, the wine has some spice, but it really celebrates great fruit and wonderful acidity. Drink from 2020. \u2013R.V.\r\n\r\nMassimago 2014 Conte Gastone (Amarone della Valipolicella); $45, 91 points. Made from organically farmed grapes, this has aromas of underbrush, dark-skinned berry and cooking spice. The savory, full-bodied palate delivers ripe black plum, ground pepper and tobacco leaf alongside polished tannins. \u2013Kerin O\u2019Keefe\r\n\r\n\r\nSweet wine \u2013 natural and fortified\r\nBordeaux\u2019s Sauternes region, including neighboring Barsac, produces a reliable, naturally sweet wine. It has honeyed flavors, yet lots of acidity that make it good alongside spicy Asian cuisines, cheeses and foie gras.\r\n\r\n\u201cFor fortified sweet wines, I would choose a Muscat from France: Beaumes de Venise or one of the many variations coming from Roussillon,\u201d says Evan Goldstein, Master Sommelier and president/chief education officer of Full Circle Wine Solutions, a public relations firm. \u201cThey are great with post-meal cheeses of all sorts and my go-to with strawberries or peaches and cream.\u201d Goldstein is especially fond of the perfumed noses on these wines, which he calls \u201csimply charming.\u201d\r\n\r\nRecommendations\r\nCh\u00e2teau Clos Haut-Peyraguey 2016 Sauternes; $21, 94 points. Dominated by S\u00e9millon, this rich, luscious wine has layers of ripe fruit and intense concentration. Wood aging has sustained the richness of the wine and not overshadowed the ripe honey, candied peel and hints of almonds. The wine will age for many years. Drink from 2025. \u2013R.V.\r\n\r\nPaul Jaboulet A\u00een\u00e9 2014 Le Chant des Griolles (Muscat de Beaumes de Venise); $21, 92 points. Lavish yet impeccably light on its feet, this Muscat vin doux naturel offers intensely ripe, concentrated tangerine and honeysuckle notes offset by whiffs of fresh, green herb. It's a silky, sweet wine anchored by a lingering thread of minerality and integrated alcohol. Enjoy now\u20132024. \u2013A.I.