My guess is that Washington, Oregon, Australia, and Italy for reds, and Austria and New Zealand for whites will be better bargains.
California Syrah may be an option as Cab. prices reach the stratosphere, perusing the WS issue.
The Insignia futures are the best I could do for that wine, given I live in SE VA. If it retails here for less than $120.00 I'll chew my hat, or worse, I'll drink some white Zin...
Speaking of, Zin. in '99 is a step down from '97, but '00 looks far worse, so that will be last resort, since I have lots in my cellar. Rhone prices are rising despite quality improving with several good vintages so the search will be harder. Burgundy '99 and Bordeaux ;99 are overall still too expensive for quality, unless youz guyz can relay the bargains you find; and Italy, I can't get here, though not necessarily true elsewhere.
This is compounded by nonreciprocal state restrictions.
So my analysis says:
1)Spend less-not that much exciting in the pipe v/v last few years.
2)Fewer Cal. wines- branch into Syrah; Be selective-only quality Cabs. at good prices; eg Insignia futures, Montelena futures,Viader-which I struggled with before buying 5 at $74.00/bottle. From what I've seen so far-Regular Pride at $65.00=no; Foley claret at $130.00+=no; Pahlmeyer Merlot at $85.00-no. Residual '98's -unless price drops by half-no. JUST SAY NO.A BIG FAT NO! But remember, Vino Me and I are vlue players on this board.
3)Buy more Washington,Oregon- Washington in particular is of interest-Our old friend Fox(whose expenditures and vacations are legendary) has hinted at an excellent harvest in '99. Let's hope prices are still reasonable at release.
4)Drink more from my cellar. Pare down my Cal Cab '94's.