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Snooth User: rckr1951

When Is Enough

Posted by rckr1951, Apr 2.

At what point in your life do you decide that you have enough wine in your cellar and it's time to cut back on buying or do you decide to take a break all together (Get the shakes anyone?) and only buy what you want, when you want it.

I'm 68 going on 69, my children are not big wine drinkers and leaving wines to them as a treat legacy doesn't make sense.  So I've cut down a little.  What are you doing, or thinking about doing?

 

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Reply by dvogler, Apr 2.

I think it's a good idea Paul.  My buddy Chester had a 150 bottle fridge (which he gave to me) and I gave him my 35 bottle fridge.  He'd filled the big one, but realized that there wasn't much point in keeping that many bottles revolving.  Although I have it filled, mostly with stuff I wouldn't open for myself, I don't care as much if I see a couple of spots here or there.  Even now (I'll be 50 this year), I won't be buying any big things that need to sit for 25 years!  The only one might be the 2015 La Chapelle. 

Cutting back doesn't mean you don't appreciate wine.  I think taking a break is a good exercise in mastering one's desires.  My wife's bbq'ing hamburgers tonight and I'm not opening anything!  Of course, I'd love to have a glass ;)

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Reply by rckr1951, Apr 2.

I agree - Nothing that needs to age more than 7-10, if you can't drink a wine 7 yrs it doesn't go in it anyway.  I'm finding that as I buy less the price point is going up a little also.

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Reply by dvogler, Apr 3.

I'd call that a Win-Win!

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Reply by jackwerickson, Apr 3.

RCKR I agree with you I am 81 have 152 bottles only one of my children even likes wine,and my wife doesn’t like it. I think my biggest problem I am reluctant to open a $50+ bottle of wine with nobody to discuss it with or share, therefore when I am in Costco or wine store I have a tendency to buy a couple of bottles I can open without guilt of the cost. I went to my favorite Italian wine store bought two bottles of Amarone at &60 each brought them home and stuck them in the wine cellar with no idea when I will drink them. Have started to use my Coravin more but not enough,, when my only reason for buying was to drink what I have instead of continuing to buy more. I believe that I have an addiction to buying wine. I am going too take your suggestion of “when is enough” to heart and drink what I have regardless of what I paid for the bottle

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Reply by rckr1951, Apr 3.

Jack you sound like me in that I really don't want to drink more pricey bottle alone, but when my wine club is here there's to many to enjoy them properly. I think a lot of wine drinkers are in the same situation.  I've got several bottles on the way and after that I'm going to sit tight for awhile and "get over the hump" of buying as much.

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Reply by EMark, Apr 3.

Yeah, that's a problem.  I am of the age where I made my first IRA RMDs in 2018.  The last few years I have tried hard to pare down my purchase to be less than my consumption.  I can't say that I have really succeeded.  My inventory has consistently hovered around 330 bottles since I started using CellarTracker in 2014..

One good thing is that, other than low-dollar bottles that I pick up at Costco, all my purchases the last few years have been CA wines.  So, I am not too concerned about giving them decades of bottle age.

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Reply by dvogler, Apr 3.

Jack, how about if we do the get together at your place?  The Amarone you bought still needs a few years anyway.  When it's eight years from vintage, open one of those for yourself!

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Reply by jackwerickson, Apr 4.

Would enjoy sharing my wines, if anyone is ever in the Dallas area please let me know. I no longer am able to travel due to my wife’s condition. Will say that I used my Coravin last night to have a glass of the Amarone, had made risotto for dinner, it Is a 2913

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Reply by dvogler, Apr 4.

Close enough Jack (Amarone being 8 years old).  How was it?  It typically needs a two hour decant to really open up.  I'm glad you opened it!!

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Reply by GregT, Apr 4.

Yes. Open it. I still buy wine that seems like a pretty good deal, partly because, well, I want it. But I have more than I'll ever really need. Tonight I'm having a wine that I got on some kind of clearance - it's normally around $35 and I got it for $17 so that's nice.

But I get the reluctance to open a wine that you paid $50 or $100 or $200 for when you have no one to drink it with.

OTOH, sometimes I just say WTF and do it anyway. No use waiting for the friends who never arrive or the moment that never comes.

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Reply by jackwerickson, Apr 5.

EMARK have you taken advantage of Vinopal you get the app free if you use Wine-Searcher. It mirrors Wine-Searcher but gives you a picture of each of your bottles, also 4-5 other features 

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Reply by jackwerickson, Apr 5.

EMARK was mistaken it is Cellar tracker

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Reply by zufrieden, Apr 5.

Interesting thread and posts.  I have less than 100 (around 75 now), but used to have more like 250. I am now at the age where consumption is lower and friends/relatives are either far away or even, sadly, deceased. My wife does drink wine, but somewhat less than I do.

I have decided to keep the collection around 75 bottles - maybe even 50.  These wines are generally age-worthy Bordeaux, Burgundy or Rhone... with a few world and North American wines sitting on their sides as well.  I feel that I can buy what I want (lucky me) from people who know how to care for older wines - should I want to do so.  Therefore, when the downsizing comes later this calendar year, I anticipate a change of sorts in my collecting habits.  For example, this may be my last major purchase of a Bordeaux vintage (it is a good one - 2016) and will thereafter only buy as needed.

So, does anyone still collect stamps or coins - books, maybe?  Antiques?  Things, really - and not of any lasting value to a corpse.  And be damned if anyone is going to drink my wine at my funeral - unless I so specify.  I'll get a sign-up list for that ultimate Passover should I have the time and wherewithal to do so!

LOL


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