When I joined this board in 2007, I was in the very early stages of my wine exploration with probably just 40 to 50 very random selections in my little wine fridge. Since 2007 I have traveled to Bordeaux, Chateauneuf du Pape, Rioja, multiple trips to Montalcino and all over CA and WA to drink wine and more importantly learn about different wine cultures. I went from analyzing if the $10 bottle of Cotes du Rhone was really a 90pt wine as the critic said, to not caring about scores at all. I went from going to the LWS and paying $15 to taste through a flight of “value” wines to attending an 82 Bordeaux dinner at a Michelin stared restaurant in London. I have gone from a buying strategy of the best score/price ratio wines in the beginning to chasing only the big expensive names and labels in the middle to now just buying what I truly like and find interesting regardless of price, name or status. Basically what I am saying is I have learned a lot since 2007 and a big part of that is due to the great people I have met and conversed with on this board. From drinking windows, to vintage analysis, to recipes and restaurant and travel recommendations, this board has been a fun and informative part of my weekly routine. Not sure if I will get to 10,000 but I’m still hoping to learn from and meet many more people here.