As it turns outs the busiest time for a wine consumer like me is not around the holidays or any other special event.  The busiest time of year is during the winery offering periods.  This is the time where the wineries that sell their wines through allocation make them available to their mailing lists.   It usually happens twice a year.  Once in late winter (prior the spring releases) and late summer (prior to the fall releases).  However, right now I'm in one of those most difficult of periods as a wine consumer.