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I'm about to finish my wine cellar project (thanks to everyone who provided valuable feedback a few months ago in a separate thread).

As I look at what is temporarily vast empty space...I find myself wondering "How much should (can) I spend on wine each year?".

Now I know this is a deeply personal question with the answer for each person varying greatly.

But, as a quick gauge, what percentage of your income (pre-tax) do you spend on wine each year? (Either percentage or total $s spent on wine each year...not your income of course).

Happy New Year!
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Too much if you ask my wife, too little if you ask me.

I don't budget for wine though. If we buy a daily drinker it comes out of what we have budgeted for groceries. If I buy a wine to lay down or an expensive bottle, it comes out of my personal spending money. When it runs out I stop buying wine.

Some months I spend more on wine than other luxuries, in others I don't buy a single expensive bottle.
I don't have a set budget for wine. It comes out of the general disposable income bucket. The size of that bucket changes from year to year as I imagine it does for many people.
If it's a large purchase the bucket doesn't allow for other extravagances that month. I tend to buy in quantity in the cooler months or if necessary shortly after the wine is released and have it held for delivery until the weather is more agreeable.

I assume you live in Hotlanta?
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Originally posted by steve8:
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Originally posted by khmark7:
Budget?? Please explain this new concept.


You beat me to it. Big Grin Big Grin


Me too! Big Grin

Years ago I tried to keep within a budget for wine, but blew it within a couple of months. How can you budget for those bottles that you're convinced you may never see again, or that you had a chance to try and simply must drink again, or that have gone on sale unexpectedly, or that you must have to match a meal, or that you need in order to fill that suddenly-discovered void in your cellar, or that you might need as a gift one day, etc. etc.?

No budget can survive the variables that constantly plague the oenologically compulsive.
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Originally posted by Seaquam:
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Originally posted by steve8:
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Originally posted by khmark7:
Budget?? Please explain this new concept.


You beat me to it. Big Grin Big Grin


Me too! Big Grin

Years ago I tried to keep within a budget for wine, but blew it within a couple of months. How can you budget for those bottles that you're convinced you may never see again, or that you had a chance to try and simply must drink again, or that have gone on sale unexpectedly, or that you must have to match a meal, or that you need in order to fill that suddenly-discovered void in your cellar, or that you might need as a gift one day, etc. etc.?

No budget can survive the variables that constantly plague the oenologically compulsive.


My name is JUICY, and I am oenologically compulsive.
I have been targeting a budget of $200 per month but so far have been unable to keep it under $560 per month. My weak point is true Champagnes, and my local wine retailer somehow has me read. His recent 15% discount on upper echelon sparklers ended up being costly. I am not interested in trying different cheap wines, as I find that even the blockbuster QPRs typically do not satisfy my palate.

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