Wine Buying Moratorium

Yep i'm on a self imposed moratorium, the only exception being wines i have committed to buy and am awaiting delivery. That means for me no vintages , no classics, no auctions , no internet purchases, nothing. If i see an unbelievable bargain i may bite, but here in Ontario that is not possible through the lcbo. Anybody else not buying.?
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Once I get delivery of a couple of shipments that should be coming over the next couple of weeks, I am on the band wagon also.

However, I might have trouble with the exact definition of "unbelieveable bargains" as there is a bit of leeway with that phrase. Big Grin

"Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever" - Aristophanes
Well I just put in an order...so now I can say I'm on a moratorium Big Grin Actually I am limiting myself to only what I consider good/great deals and mostly those only for "non-current vintage" purchases. I have more wine than I ever thought I would have, and now it is time to drink it and fill some wholes.

“Appreciating old wine is like making love to a very old lady. It is possible. It can even be enjoyable. But it requires a bit of imagination.”

Andre Tchelistcheff
Drth, Nobody likes a quitter! Big Grin I thought I would see you at the front row of the auction this weekend with the paddle flying! Wink

If I get my entire Classics order, I will be forced to stop for a while. 3 cases of Dead Arm, a couple of cases of 2001 Futures that just landed and Classics blows by budget for a while.

Plus my VK500 is completely stuffed.
Baird, there is lots of wine out there and lots of time. Both my cellars are completely full which is forcing me to store good bottles passively, something i do not like doing. Besides taking the Mrs to vegas for her 40th in November kinda blows the wine budget previuosly scheduled for the auction, but who cares , the world is floating in wine and when i return it will be with a voracious appetite for the Grand Vin De France, Bordeaux. Of course plan to have the tasting menu at Picasso paired with wines, of course!
Drth, say it ain't so!
I suppose you have acquired enough good and great wines to hold you for a while. Good for you. I wish I had that fortitude.
We still hope you frequent the TWC offlines and contribute your tasting notes to the boards.
My guess is that you have been smitten to the degree that absolution from buying will not be the case, but you'll be significantly more selective. If I get those 6 bottles of 1970 Mouton, can you resist the temptation to take one or two off my hands for the right price? Wink
Just came out of my wine cellar about an hour ago and I was shaking my head, saying to myself "You've got to slow down on buying wine. There is no room left in here." Good timing on the thread.
I'm sticking with my futures, regular mailing list allotments, and trying to stay away from the "killer deals". I have more of those than I probably should have....
I've been on a wine buying moratorium for a couple of years excepting Christmas and brithdays. It shrinks the cellar but you drink better wine on average.

Hopefull it will all turn around when both kids are in school and spouse can go back to supporting my lifestyle. Big Grin
I'm in. No more wine purchases until when? But I intend to continue to receive already-paid-for futures: 5 Brunello, Barolo, and Bordeaux cases from Sam's; 2 Brunello cases from Zachys, 1 Brunello from the Wine Library, and 1 delivery from Winebid. The cellar is nearly full already. Mr. magdalena may have to get his construction tool thingies out of storage. Mr. Darth, please give me a heads up when the moratorium ends. Make it long enough to be meaningful for our budget in these difficult economic times!

malena


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Originally posted by drthvader:
Yep i'm on a self imposed moratorium, the only exception being wines i have committed to buy and am awaiting delivery. That means for me no vintages , no classics, no auctions , no internet purchases, nothing. If i see an unbelievable bargain i may bite, but here in Ontario that is not possible through the lcbo. Anybody else not buying.?
Ya,

Me too. I just ordered Screaming Eagle, Hillside Select and Saxum Syrah.

No more buying until at least next week. Big Grin

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"One may dislike carrots, spinach, beetroot, or the skin on hot milk. But not wine. It is like hating the air that one breathes, since each is equally indispensable."

Marcel Ayme`
A tough year to impose a moratorium on oneself. One can never advise another because financial resources differ. However, this year selectively buying from the great '01 cabernets, '02 chards and '02 pinot noirs, wonderful '01 zinfandels, luscious '02 Central Otago PNs, wonderful '96 vintage champagnes has filled my cellar to the straining point. I impose moratoria upon myself in miserable years for California ('98 and "00) but always seem to find treasures in Oregon, Argentina, NZ, Australia, etc.

Dick
rbond444,

I have found that there always seems to be a good or great wines being produced SOMEWHERE in the world in every vintage. If you collect French, German, Auzzie, Italian, Californian, Vintage Port, Spanish and the odd Argentinian wine like I do, you can never catch a break! Confused

This holds true for the 12 or so years I have been collecting wine...

Maybe grape eating locusts will cover the vineyards of the world in 2005. In that case, I might be able to save some $$$. Wink
whoa! moratorium's by their nature are temporary. i have bought all the 96 champange i want and will strike when the iron is hot. What is coming out of Ontario is generally over priced relative to the u.s. My passion is for Bordeaux which in Ontario is grotesquely overpriced and is released very slowly, so i guess i'm just waiting and watching until the right wine comes along that i do not already have from futures. 01 Bordeaux may be reminiscent of the 97 vintage, i have not tasted enough of them to know for sure. And with the 02 coming out soon , i think lots of us retailers will be forced and have started to dump at reduced prices which will provide me the oppurtunity i am waiting for.One example i passed up is 01 Pichon Baron at 38.00.One thing i have learned over the last few years is that the rush to buy is perceived and artificially created.I think WS and some others do a good job at hyping successive vintages and creating the rush to buy.I'm going to try to wade through the hype. Certainly i'm a buyer when what i want comes along, but selectivity is now the key .
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Originally posted by Mimik:
I've officially not bought a bottle of wine(have received some as gifts and picked up stuff ordered a long time ago) in over 39 days-longest ever!


Gotcha beat. The last bottles I purchased were 4 bottles back on 11/20/2010. PURPLE bought 1 bottle while at COSTCO back on 12/14/2010. Nothing since.

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Originally posted by wine+art:
Why?


In my case, lack of funds versus too much wine in the cellar that needs to be consumed.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by Mimik:
I've officially not bought a bottle of wine in over 39 days-longest ever!


Why?


When you are spending more on wine annually than someone's salary, it can get to be a problem. I just wanted to make sure I still had some self-discipline in regards to wine purchases. Nothing religious. Cool
I have not bought any wine since the 7th of April.

I have over 100 bottles ready to drink and several coming down the stretch.

I'm going to streamline the cellar and back fill with long agers so they will be ready after the ones coming along.

For me I'm just at that point in my cellar plan.

I will however not pass up any nice bottles, should they come my way. But the hunt is on standby.
Maybe it's just me but this thread makes no sense. This is like posting on a site for gearheads that you're not really into cars - and somehow proud of that.

I certainly get there are lots of reasons (financial, storage capacity, wife who knows too much) not to purchase but why is this almost being bandied about as something to be celebrated?

So if you're on some sort of moratorium then congratulation, I guess.

As for me, I'm buying. Always buying.
Henderson, the key is what are you buying? This thread has purpose because folks on a moratorium will buy if the right opportunity presents itself.

Vinaigre will open the wallet if a great deal comes along, and even the king of this thread, WIML, would undoubtedly lose his bet if he can score a pristine '47 Cheval Blanc (or whatever his trigger wine might be), from a trusted cellar, for a two figure price.

This is the beauty of threads like this, as every wine lover's breaking point is eventually reached, or he/she will pass into that vineyard in the sky. . .

Hopefully the former.
Henderson, I'm not entirely sure your analogy makes sense. The participants of this thread are not stating or conveying the message that they are not in to wine. They are simply stating that they are currently not purchasing, due to a variety of factors. It is still possible to appreciate and discuss wine without purchasing it, especially in the case of the participants in the thread, who have cellars stocked full.
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Originally posted by hendersonalsorises:
Maybe it's just me but this thread makes no sense. This is like posting on a site for gearheads that you're not really into cars - and somehow proud of that.

The part that doesn't make sense to me is digging up a 7 year old thread.
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Originally posted by hendersonalsorises:
I certainly get there are lots of reasons (financial, storage capacity, wife who knows too much) not to purchase but why is this almost being bandied about as something to be celebrated?
Eek

It's come to my attention that a considerable number of wives employ a "rule of thirds" when making their big ticket purchases. They put one third of their purchase on debit, one third on credit, and one third is paid in cash. So, what the husband sees on the statements is a third of the actual purchase price of whatever product or service. I'm not sure how many husbands have been clever enough (or dumb enough) to try pulling this with a wine purchase. Those who haven't, well, they face the dreaded moratorium!

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