cellaring wine is great fun. i got into it in the mid '80s, my first big vintage was '82, though at that time i could still pick up '79s and '81s (and much cheaper). i still buy wine, but not nearly as much -- i've maxed out my 750-bottle cabinet and everything i buy, i have to drink one of something else. a couple of thoughts on cellaring: 1) i like what a lot of you are doing in buying half-cases and cases of single wines. that's a much better approach than buying singles or doubles. the rewarding part of cellaring (in addition to having something nice to pull for dinner) is learning how a wine changes over time. with a half-case you can open a bottle a year and if you make notes, you'll see the maturation. 2) Before you get too enthusiastic, remember that as you learn more about wine, your tastes will probably change. Typically, people start out with big wines because they are easier to appreciate, then move on to wines of more subtlety ... the much-commented Bordeaux to Burgundy transition. This isn't to say that Bordeaux lack subtlety, just a warning that not to fill your cellar immediately when in 10 years you may wish you'd bought something else. 3) all wines are not for cellaring, but that doesn't mean that these aren't wines to be enjoyed. sometimes wine geeks become like baseball card collectors ... they focus on the rarities they own rather than the pleasure they get from drinking wine. By all means, chase that monopole Burgundy, but don't lose sight of the everyday pleasures of a great Beaujolais (or Chianti, or Barbera, etc.). 4) it's better to under-age wines than to over-age them. What I mean by that is its better to drink a wine too young than too old. Drink a wine before it's peak and it's still great. Drink a wine past its peak and it's not so much. I don't mean you should start killing your babies, but don't wait until they're senile to enjoy them, either.