Yep i'm on a self imposed moratorium, the only exception being wines i have committed to buy and am awaiting delivery. That means for me no vintages , no classics, no auctions , no internet purchases, nothing. If i see an unbelievable bargain i may bite, but here in Ontario that is not possible through the lcbo. Anybody else not buying.?
Well I just put in an order...so now I can say I'm on a moratorium Actually I am limiting myself to only what I consider good/great deals and mostly those only for "non-current vintage" purchases. I have more wine than I ever thought I would have, and now it is time to drink it and fill some wholes.
“Appreciating old wine is like making love to a very old lady. It is possible. It can even be enjoyable. But it requires a bit of imagination.”
Posts: 3635 | Location: Ohio | Registered: Jan 23, 2003
Baird, there is lots of wine out there and lots of time. Both my cellars are completely full which is forcing me to store good bottles passively, something i do not like doing. Besides taking the Mrs to vegas for her 40th in November kinda blows the wine budget previuosly scheduled for the auction, but who cares , the world is floating in wine and when i return it will be with a voracious appetite for the Grand Vin De France, Bordeaux. Of course plan to have the tasting menu at Picasso paired with wines, of course!
Drth, say it ain't so! I suppose you have acquired enough good and great wines to hold you for a while. Good for you. I wish I had that fortitude. We still hope you frequent the TWC offlines and contribute your tasting notes to the boards. My guess is that you have been smitten to the degree that absolution from buying will not be the case, but you'll be significantly more selective. If I get those 6 bottles of 1970 Mouton, can you resist the temptation to take one or two off my hands for the right price?
Just came out of my wine cellar about an hour ago and I was shaking my head, saying to myself "You've got to slow down on buying wine. There is no room left in here." Good timing on the thread. I'm sticking with my futures, regular mailing list allotments, and trying to stay away from the "killer deals". I have more of those than I probably should have....
Posts: 553 | Location: Napa | Registered: Dec 21, 2002
Really i have no where left to put it and i hate the thought of expensive wine not being in a cellar.So until i drink it down i'm done buying, unless of course i succumb to temptation and snag a bottle of 90 Montrose for 185.00
I'm in. No more wine purchases until when? But I intend to continue to receive already-paid-for futures: 5 Brunello, Barolo, and Bordeaux cases from Sam's; 2 Brunello cases from Zachys, 1 Brunello from the Wine Library, and 1 delivery from Winebid. The cellar is nearly full already. Mr. magdalena may have to get his construction tool thingies out of storage. Mr. Darth, please give me a heads up when the moratorium ends. Make it long enough to be meaningful for our budget in these difficult economic times!
quote:Originally posted by drthvader: Yep i'm on a self imposed moratorium, the only exception being wines i have committed to buy and am awaiting delivery. That means for me no vintages , no classics, no auctions , no internet purchases, nothing. If i see an unbelievable bargain i may bite, but here in Ontario that is not possible through the lcbo. Anybody else not buying.?
Posts: 76 | Location: Columbus / Indianapolis | Registered: Feb 26, 2004
A tough year to impose a moratorium on oneself. One can never advise another because financial resources differ. However, this year selectively buying from the great '01 cabernets, '02 chards and '02 pinot noirs, wonderful '01 zinfandels, luscious '02 Central Otago PNs, wonderful '96 vintage champagnes has filled my cellar to the straining point. I impose moratoria upon myself in miserable years for California ('98 and "00) but always seem to find treasures in Oregon, Argentina, NZ, Australia, etc.
Posts: 2027 | Location: Delaware | Registered: Jun 21, 2002
I have found that there always seems to be a good or great wines being produced SOMEWHERE in the world in every vintage. If you collect French, German, Auzzie, Italian, Californian, Vintage Port, Spanish and the odd Argentinian wine like I do, you can never catch a break!
This holds true for the 12 or so years I have been collecting wine...
Maybe grape eating locusts will cover the vineyards of the world in 2005. In that case, I might be able to save some $$$.
whoa! moratorium's by their nature are temporary. i have bought all the 96 champange i want and will strike when the iron is hot. What is coming out of Ontario is generally over priced relative to the u.s. My passion is for Bordeaux which in Ontario is grotesquely overpriced and is released very slowly, so i guess i'm just waiting and watching until the right wine comes along that i do not already have from futures. 01 Bordeaux may be reminiscent of the 97 vintage, i have not tasted enough of them to know for sure. And with the 02 coming out soon , i think lots of us retailers will be forced and have started to dump at reduced prices which will provide me the oppurtunity i am waiting for.One example i passed up is 01 Pichon Baron at 38.00.One thing i have learned over the last few years is that the rush to buy is perceived and artificially created.I think WS and some others do a good job at hyping successive vintages and creating the rush to buy.I'm going to try to wade through the hype. Certainly i'm a buyer when what i want comes along, but selectivity is now the key .