As the order arrived it became clear that it would take some time to properly label and store the new additions. This does not have to be a cumbersome experience, in fact, it can, and should be, one of the most enjoyable parts of the process, besides consumption of course! My suggestion is to always start with the drinking window of the wine. From there you can strategize on how to store, you can store by country of origin, type of wine, or even cost. The reason for storing by cost is typically that your lower costs wines will be consumed earlier in their life cycle so they would most likely be stored in a more accessible location in your wine cabinet, whereas, more expensive wines may require additional time to age in order for them to develop and can be stored in a deeper, less accessible location. A trick that can be used here is colour coding, whichever way you have decided to store your wine can have a colour. For example, France = Blue, Italy = Green, U.S.A = Red, Spain = yellow, this can also be done based on pricing/value levels or drinking window, this makes it less stressful when looking at your collection and knowing that your investment will be treated properly. You can use coloured stickers from your local craft store or professional bottle tags, wineenhtusiast.com sells them for $19.99 for 100 tags.
These are of course just some suggestions, there is really no right or wrong way to store your collection, it comes down to personal preference in terms of strategy of organization. Organization being the key word here, putting bottles away without being properly organized and having a strategy by which to do so is risky, this may result in wines over aging past their optimal drinking window and turning. There are several wine cellar management software systems that exist to help if you choose, most are free and can easily download to your smart phone or tablet. Having gone through most of them myself, vinocellar appears to be the most encompassing, this one however, it $9.99 and can be downloaded from iTunes. My personal preference is to label myself, this is part of the fun and an enjoyable part of this hobby, the thrill of the hunt comes to fruition and is seen first hand when the labels are stuck to the neck of your bottles and you know you have a successful storage and cellar management strategy. If your collection becomes too much to handle, never fear, wine cellar management consultants are available to help, but this will come at a cost. In my opinion, the most important thing is to have fun, it is your hobby after all! Alla Salute!