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Greetings fellow oenophiles. It has been quite some time, I must say, since I last contributed to this Forum. It hasn’t been for lack of wanting but rather that I spent much of 2019 abroad and only returned to San Francisco earlier this year, just in time to find myself in total isolation as the pandemic gripped the world. I have been bullying through the past months on my own, and while I am accustomed to - nay, I typically quite enjoy - my own company, forced isolation is not something that “floats my boat”, as it were. The days are long, and the nights are longer. Sadly, I celebrated my 74th birthday on my own a few weeks ago, but I did enjoy well-wishes via telephone from a number of dear friends.

I do find myself drinking more frequently than before the pandemic, but I expect that this is not unusual - especially for the denizens of the Wine Spectator Forum. However, what I do find interesting is that more often than not I find myself opening my “treasure” wines: those bottles that I might otherwise have saved for enjoyment with company. I suspect that my actions are, in part if not in whole, inspired by “if not now then when?” trepidations. 

Hence this post. I am interested to learn if you, my fellow Forum members, also find yourself dipping into your wine treasures, and if so, what your motivations - or your rationalizations - might be for doing so.

Yours faithfully,
Derek

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Thank you for asking, Irwin. I am fortunate to have dear friends who live in Chauvigny, France, which is roughly equidistant from Paris and Bordeaux. They graciously invited me to be their houseguest for the year. While I spent much of the time in their company at their sprawling, idyllic country estate, I also took a few sojourns to Provence and into Northern Italy.

I am afraid that, in such an environment, the Wine Spectator Forum could not compete for my attention.

Best,
Derek

Most of my better wines are at a forumite's basement.    I have been drinking down the daily drinkers (more like weekly drinkers at best).  My preference is to open the nicer bottles with friends (since none of my family drinks wine or appreciates it).   Stay-at-home has me opening the bottle of Scotch or making a Negroni with more frequency.

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