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.