I'm very much enjoying my stick shift Mazda 3 GT. Lots of pep and a fantastic turning radius. Wish it had more space in the back for the rear-facing car seat. It's also 100% paid-for, so that's pretty great.
Every weekend in Seattle would result in bringing back as much as I legally could. Prices have skyrocketed in the past year due to both the dollar and the new liquor laws. One of the reasons I'm "discovering" local wines, even though they've got up too.
Depending on the origin, a $10 bottle to you probably hovers around $25 here. it is what it is, I guess.
I've scaled back on per-bottle spending as well. The dent it was making in my bank account wasn't equivalent to the "happiness" pricier bottles were bringing to my life. I still like the occasional $35+ bottle, but nowheres near the number I was getting this time a year or two ago. I've also learned that I don't know THAT much about wine, so I'm sure some of the more expensive bottles nuance was lost on me.
Oh. Ok. Damn. I've never even heard of the brand before seeing it and haven't seen it since. I only grabbed it because they were tasting, it wasn't bad, and my good friend shares the name so we thought it would be funny. That said, I think I paid around $45 CDN for it.
Yeah there are a couple of bottles of Chinon at the BCL that I can try- been sticking with the local wines (as in, vinyards literally down the road because the little guy likes napping in the car and I like cruising vineyards).
Also, has anyone heard of the producer "Justin" in CA? I've been holding on to a bottle of cab for a few years and wondering when I should open. I think it's a 2010.