Buying trends

I've stopped buying red Bordeaux as of the 2009 vintage. I'm old enough that I might be a drooling vegetable by the time some of them are ready. My cellar is full, but I still buy some wine, almost all of it from the Rhone- Rene Rostaing Cote-Rotie, Pierre Usseglio CdPs, and a broad selection of Northern and Southern Rhone wines. I'm also buying Champagne, premier and cru red Burgundies, Chablis, some Central Coast and Washington Rhone varietals, Spanish reds and whites, and a broad selection of Rhone and California whites. I have plenty of Bordeaux (red and sweet white), Germans, and California reds on hand that are aging.

Have other people's buying trends changed, and are they due to age or changing tastes? Mine are due to both. I can't wait to return to the Rhone.
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Not far off from you Board-O, also mostly due to age and 'value'. I will not pay today's prices that Bordeaux demand. I seek purchase good vintage wines with excellent provenance (with age comes....). Not so much Calif. whites. That $ goes, by far, much more to French whites (Chablis and white Burgundy).

Not much Germans but LOTS of Champagne Woot
I am loaded with Bordeaux and stopped as of 2009 as well....prices are insane. I am only 35 and have hundreds and hundreds of bottles of them....I don't care if I miss a "vintage of the century" anymore.....better wine other places and cheaper
I am ALL burgundy, Barolo, northern Rhone and Rhys.....
Tuscany has almost got no place now except for a few brunellos from fuligni and Il poggione.
Champagne is always a must!
My buying is much slower than it used to be. I look in my cellar and I can find something ready to drink now, and I can't imagine why I need much more!

I bought a few low end 2009 bdx, that would be the only thing I'd imagine buying in the future as well (Saw 2009 Pontet Canet offered at close to $300 recently, that's insane).

The only wines I continue to buy are:
Brunello from good vintages
A smattering of piedmont wines (large italian hole in my cellar, just trying to keep up)
Rhone reds (value is here for sure)
Burgundy when I can figure out what to buy, which is rare.

All in all my buying volume is way down and my willingness to drink from my cellar is way up. Why the hell not? The world is ending in just over a month anyways...
Re-discovering regions that i used to buy long ago, such as Languedoc-Roussillon or Kaiserstuhl
Buying less wines for long-term aging (enough long agers in the cellar already)
Buying wines from less prominent regions in Spain and Italy
Buying less bottles and buying less expensive wines
Started with Bordeaux, Australian Shiraz and Port. I was priced out of the Bordeaux market and moved away from Australia as my tastes changed. I am still buying any good Port that I can afford. Now I am buying as much CDP before prices start to rocket up. I really feel there are some excellent values and really interesting wines coming out of the Rhone region. I initially snubbed the California Cabs, but I have recently become enamoured with them as well.
I am in a very early stage of my collection and I am 28, so I have lots of time. That being said, I cannot see the reason to buy Bordeaux because prices are crazy. Right now I am loving everything from the Rhone, especially CDP, since it ages well in good vintages and it is a lot easier on the wallet. I also love trying any Rhone varietals elsewhere, except down under.

Other region: slowly into Cali Cab(a bit pricey up here), Washington State (really want to plan a trip!) and any Pinot!
I think it's somewhat funny that the repliers all shun bordeaux. I suppose I'm "lucky" enough to have just missed when classified BDX was affordable. Maybe it still was when I first started collecting, at least in the secondary market, but I didn't know enough to take a strong position. The luck of it in not being disappointed by what I can no longer afford, but instead looking for the value plays in the region, of which there are many. I don't focus on BDX, but it's hard to imagine having a cellar without a strong showing for the region.

For me I have reduced burg purchases in favor of Loire and N Rhone. Mainly a question of value and of the time commitment required to mature the burgundy. I'm sure I'll regret it some day.
I seem to change my buying strategy every year with some constants. I won't be buying much German as I have a fair amount nor Calif. Pinot as I don't like it that much. Also won't be buying too much Italian. I will be concentrating on Burgundy, a little Oregon Pinot, Rhones (want to explore their whites more but price and availability is an issue), Calif. Syrah (though probably have enough to take a year or two off), and I'd like to explore Spain some. A fair amount of my budget will go toward Keplinger wines (only mailing list I'm on) while I can "afford" them as they just raised prices and another one will probably send me looking elsewhere. I'd like to buy more Washington too, but some of my old stand-bys are getting pricy and others I'm interested in I have trouble finding east of the Mississippi. As for Bordeaux, a few cheapies here or there but the top guns have always been out of my price range. If I stick to my plan (and budget) this year, I'm going to reward myself with a bottle or two of something just outside my normal price range. I would suspect those bottles would be S. Rhone or Bordeaux.
Going for QPR as a rule. Avoid long aging wines as I do not expcet to be around to drink them. I age faster than the wines. Avoid cult wines and high priced collectibles. My drinking window is at about 3 years, no longer. Want to have only one bottle in cellar before I go. LOL
mm, I still buy alot of port, but I've certainly seen the light of jburman's buying strategy which is bying quality instead of quantity.

i've pretty much given up on all red bordeaux (last vintage was 2005)

My list
Semillon based white bordeaux
oregon pinot
cali cabs
cali merlots
I"m still young enough to buy new Bordeaux but at about 33% of my cellar it is well represented already. The majority of my Bordeaux is from '00, '01, '05, '09 & '10 so I will cherry pick from here on out.

I have a lot of S.Rhone and will continue to buy but am moving my focus more and more to N.Rhone, Reds and Whites. That is the biggest shift. I expect Rhone to account for more than 33% of my total purchases over the next year or so and probably closer to 75% of all new vintage purchases. Add in some Champagnes and new German's and I expect that will be the vast majority of my "new" wine purchases going forward in 2013.

The other half of my buying trend will be older vintage purchasing through auctions and online. Here it will be more of a mix with pre-2000 Cali, older stickies, port, Rhone and Bordeaux (probably in that order) represented.
I started with Napa cabs and they still hold the majority of my cellar, but I've fallen in love with grenache/syrahs from all major regions (Cali, WA, France). In California, I've really bought as much as I could from Bedrock, Favia, and Keplinger. But being fairly new to the game, I've found myself giving up the current vintage purchases, and trying to get some older vintages. Fortunately (or for my kids' college fund, unfortunately), I've been able to pick up some nice late 90's Napa cabs and some late 90 S. and N. Rhones. I'd like to increase the amount of nice Bordeaux and Burgundy wines (either new for cellaring, or old for drinking), but the price tag seems a bit much for me at this stage of my wine odyssey. Luckily I've got some nice San Diegans who are generous enough to share those wines at offlines, and for now, that is good enough for me.
I am all over the place. A few years ago I used to buy Chilean reds, Argentinian Malbec and NAPA Cabs (but the overoaky Napa Cab). A transition phase and getting enamored with Pinot Noir made me buy lots of California Pinots. This has changed to Oregon Pinot now, and although I am still buying Napa Cabs, it is a different style now that I like. The chilean and argentinian have been replaced by Rhone Varietals from the US, France and Spain.
I'd like to buy more Champagne. I've depleted my 3-bottle inventory. I wish white Burgundy was in the price range as Loire. Half-bottles of d'Yquem from the off years.

I would still buy my share of Stefania (Crimson Clover and the Eaglepoint Syrah are my faves). No other reds though in the immediate future. 2005 Bordeaux was the last vintage for me.
For me, maybe not a change in taste, but more like a slow evolution based on trying different wines. Started out buying Cali Cabs only - still like them but going more and more to WA for value. Used to shun Cali Syrah - all the examples I tried were flabby and one dimensional. Then I tried some WA Syrah and blends - big shift in buying volume towards WA Syrah now. Really like the Bedrock Hudson Syrah and would like to try more "top-shelf" rhones from Central Cali some day. Slowly starting to buy some CdP now too. Still like Dry Creek Zin and Cali Pinots, but pretty selective about both. Never got into Bordeaux mainly due to price - ditto for Burgs. Still have not bought a lot of white wine - a few ageable Chards and a few Sauv Blancs and NV sparkling wine for near term consumption, but still 95% red in the cellar.
My buying trends change slightly ever year based on what region I’m exploring at that time. Started with Bordeaux, then Brunello, the rest of Italy, CDP, etc. Recently, I made it a point in 2010 to expand my knowledge of Spain and Germany so those purchases went up. In 2011 my focus was on the Lorie, Languedoc and Provence. 2012 has been CA Pinot and Chard. Now I’m starting to focus on Burgundy which is the only large wine area I have yet to really dive into. While I have had some great white and red Burgs, I don’t know much about the area, history, etc. I purchased Matt Kramers book so that will be my winter reading. Overall, the style of wines I am buying has not changed as I have always liked balanced/nuanced wines. The quantity of purchases are going down each year due simply to the fact that we are just not drinking as much as we used to.
My purchases have been on the steady decline for the last couple of years, mainly due to the lack of space. I still seem to be buying more than I'm drinking though so I see that pattern continuing for awhile.

My cellar will start to reach the initial stages of maturity in about 2014-2015, so as I start to drink those I'll probably replace them with wines that are in their window in the 5-15 year range due to my age. I expect that I'll do some back filling as part of those requirements though.
My only change is to spend more of my Tuscany dollars on Bolgheri instead of Brunello. Why? I feel most BdM's are best at at least 15 years, if not 20 or more, and I just don't know if I will be able to enjoy the current releases in their prime. Plus the fact that there are more and more great wines coming out of the coastal region.
I have cut down on buying "trophy" wines and am concentrating on finding better QPR wines with narrower drinking windows. That's not to say that if something amazing comes up I won't be tempted, but my current habits have changed. I've been buying more Cali and Oregon pinot moir and CdP.
Until a year and a half ago, I was mostly on Bordeaux and cabernet based chilean wines. Loved Northen Rhone syrah but wasn't buying much. Since the beginning of 2012, Lots of Burgundy, Chablis, Beaujolais Crus and some italian from Piemont. Will buy more whites, Syrah from Northen Rhone and maybe some Bordeaux, if I can affort them. 2010 is the birth year of my twins, si will have to do something about it Smile

Also looking to buy older bottles, mostly Bordeaux and cabernet based Cali wines...

Over the past couple of years, have been buying mostly Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, and Ports. At the expense of Cabs, Syrahs, SB, Sangiovese and other varietals. Probably due to changes in diet, less red meat and carbs, more seafood, chicken, and other lighter fares.
A trip to the N Rhone last year really got me going on the region. I've always appreciated the wines but I found the value in Crozes and St Joseph to be unparalled and the relatively early drinking windows to my liking. Since changing jobs, Italy has picked up its' pace in my cellar. BdX is making a comeback for me as there some amazing, inexpensive wines being produced by talented and passionate individuals at reasonable prices. I still love Burgundy but after 5 years in Oregon, I’m chasing non-Pinot based wines. I’ll fill in here and there and have purchased some very nice wines from 02-10 but will probably hold back for a few vintages. I must admit though, I am buying less wine now than I ever have since finding this hobby. Loads of samples must have something to do with this phenomenon...
Originally posted by Board-O:

Have other people's buying trends changed, and are they due to age or changing tastes? Mine are due to both.

Mine have indeed changed, but mine have never really been static.

My current cellar is French, Italian and Spanish with less than 100 bottles of other. While I do not currently see that changing, what wines I'm buying now are different that the past 30 years.

The ever expanding world of fine wine continues and I find that very exciting. The renaissance of Italian wine that started in the '90's and continues today, and the renaissance in Spain with many emerging regions keeps me searching, along with California finding their new balance of better wines from different areas along with more varietals than in the past.

I have been saying for several years now that I find white wines to be the most interesting wines in the world today, and now have a number of friends saying the same thing which makes me smile. Smile The white wines today coming out of regions like Friuli-Venazia Giulia, Umbria, Spain, Chignin-Bergeron, Switzerland ( Chasselas) and as California finds their way with both white Rhone/Spanish ( Grenache Blanc, etc) and white Italian varietals ( Tocai Friulano, Ribolla Gialla, etc) are so very interesting and demanding of attention in my opinion.

I'm also excited to find more wines from places like Croatia, Hungary ( non Tokaj) and Uruguay finding their way to our marketplace. I had a Viognier blend from Uruguay recently that was far more interesting than 90% of the Chardonnay and S. Blanc produced in California today.

Great question, Board-O.
Closing in on the big six Oh! and considering drinking windows myself. I decided that 2009 would be my last Bordeaux vintage. Not so much concerned about not being here in 20 years, but rather not being able to appreciate them either due to aging taste buds or perhaps doctor's orders. If the boy takes an interest in wine, I may change my plan. A big part of the joy of wine collecting is the hunt and kill, not just the consumption. I may buy a few cheap 2010s because the vintage has been so hyped. Even with 2009, there was a lot under $30 that is just fine after 5-10 years. Recently bought the 2008 Pahlmeyer Red, but will likely wind things down dramatically after the 2009 California vintage, particularly since 2010 is not thought to be as stellar as 2005-2009. I'm gonna save a lot of ducats. The things I will likely continue to invest (lightly) in for the next 10 years are domestic chardonnay and pinot, white burgundies, rosso and lighter Rhones. Can't ignore Oregon pinot... I'm done buying Barolo, Brunello and probably super Tuscans, too. Got enough old world reds to drink over the next 30 years...

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