I'm sitting here at the computer, after having poured out two resonably pricey wines (both over $35) because they were not to my taste. I have in my glass some of the Strub kabinett from last night, and it is nearly as wonderful as it was on Wednesday.
It's the shipping season, so things are coming in. There's been a wealth of stuff, both for me, and for friends that have their wine shipped to me. (Reminds me to bring up those two cases from the basement...) The cellar is bursting, and there's still more to come. There's a bunch of California Pinot (my guilty pleasure wine), as well as a whole %^#$load of 2005 Germans, and some 2004 Bordeaux in 375s that will hit some time next spring.
So what's this all about? Simple, I have too much wine. There's no reason on this Earth I should be buying things I do not already know I like, as I have plenty of styles and wines I KNOW I enjoy. Let's see, there's German, Austrian and Alsatian Riesling, Gewurztraminer from Alsace, Red Burgundy, Beaujolais, St. Julien, St. Estephe, Pauilllac, Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Barolo, Barbaresco, Edmunds St. John (in a class by itself), California Pinot (again for those guilty pleasures), Chablis, Sherry (what little I know), Rioja made by people not looking for points, Loire Chenin, Sauternes, Port and of course the obscure things like Scheurebe and Albalonga.
I look down in the cellar and about the only holes I have are in Port (I have a good bit, but not much to drink before say 2030) and dry white (I drink far more than I buy, so the stash is in decline). My half bottle needs will be satisfied when the Bords come in, as I have just acquired a bunch of Burg in 375s.
So I sit here with a glass of competely satisfying Strub Kabinett, and I look closely into the theoretical mirror and see no need to make any meaningful purchases for about 5 years. Sure some older Port would be good (even '97s and '91s/'92s would help), and I need to keep the dry white stock up, but other than that I just can't justify more beyond my incoming ESJ (can you ever have enough ESJ?), Pinot, German and Bord purchases.
Laura and I are childless (by choice), so there will never really be anyone to leave the wine to. So I should be plannning to drink the last bottle of 2000 Fonseca on my death bed, and leaving this Earth with empty wine racks. I know I will not stop buying, but I hope that by putting this down in words I will move one step closer to a more rational acquisition strategy. Will I really need 2006 Germans? No! Will I need 2 or 3 cases of 2006 California Pinot? No! Will I need another case of ESJ in 2007? Well, yes, but that's hardly the point.
I'm almost willing to bet that I could be happy with the purchase of 6 bottles of wine per month for the next calendar year. The cellar empties at a rate of 2-3 times that, so it would help the space issue. Also, even if I were to buy a 6-pack of Clos St. Hune every month (now there's an idea) I would be spendign far less on wine than I am today. It's a little early for New Year's Resolutions, but as 2006 was "fewer but better" (and I only partially succeeded), perhaps 2007 should be "very few but really great."
So that's the tale. I need some more Strub.
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