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post #31 of 46
We have some good local wine shops - to me, that's the key to balancing the economy, taste, and quality scales. I will usually stick to bottles in the $10-$20 range, as that presents the best value for a typical dinner. Special occasions we'll spend more or break out something that we've been sitting on.

I too have found that purchasing off the beaten path tends to maintain quality without breaking the bank, even in some of the better-known areas. After some trips to California, we found a lot of great wines in the Alexander Valley region that were much better values than Napa (e.g. Unti, Dry Creek). I fell in love with a lot of South African wines after a trip there. The exchange rate at the time was very favorable, so bringing back quality wines made a lot of sense. We really liked Warwick, Muratie, Uitkyk, and a few others. Some of the best wine we had was at warwick, and the cost was something like $10 a bottle.
post #32 of 46
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We have some good local wine shops - to me, that's the key to balancing the economy, taste, and quality scales. I will usually stick to bottles in the $10-$20 range, as that presents the best value for a typical dinner. Special occasions we'll spend more or break out something that we've been sitting on.

I too have found that purchasing off the beaten path tends to maintain quality without breaking the bank, even in some of the better-known areas. After some trips to California, we found a lot of great wines in the Alexander Valley region that were much better values than Napa (e.g. Unti, Dry Creek). I fell in love with a lot of South African wines after a trip there. The exchange rate at the time was very favorable, so bringing back quality wines made a lot of sense. We really liked Warwick, Muratie, Uitkyk, and a few others. Some of the best wine we had was at warwick, and the cost was something like $10 a bottle.

In my new wine book there's a section on stocking a cellar. It suggests daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly categories. So depending on your budget, your daily might be a $10-15 bottle, a weekly might be a $15-30, a monthly < $50, and bottles for special occasions there is no $$$ limit on.

I'm actually going to turn this in to an optimization problem once i get some free time next week. I'll frame it around constraints that stipulate that I will always require well-aged monthly and yearly bottles on-hand so that I'm not tempted to drink the good stuff before it's mature. It will enable me to keep my collection balanced for my favorite varietals, as well as aid in maintaining a balance between wine that I can drink now and wine that has not yet peaked.. This is what happens when nerds get in to wine.
post #33 of 46
I feel less geeky already. Thanks, GQ. Zraly's book, btw? To answer the original question -- I spend to much on wine and I also spend too little. Therein is the paradox of the vine.
post #34 of 46
I rarely spend more than $15 a bottle for stuff to drink at home. At restaurants, I desparately try to stay under $75.
post #35 of 46
I wonder if drinking a bottle of bourbon in lieu of wine at a restaurant would be awkward for other diners.
post #36 of 46
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I feel less geeky already. Thanks, GQ. Zraly's book, btw?

To answer the original question -- I spend to much on wine and I also spend too little. Therein is the paradox of the vine.

Yes, it was Zraly's book. I combined that with a WS subscription and saq.com to build a shopping list for the coming weeks. I'm gonna hit every region and varietal. As an aside, I was surprised to see how expensive california wines are in general. WS ratings usually have a price very close to the SAQ, but California wines are almost all double. I don't get it.

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I rarely spend more than $15 a bottle for stuff to drink at home. At restaurants, I desparately try to stay under $75.

If you drink frequently then this makes sense, and I have a suspicion that you drink frequently. It also makes sense if you can't taste the difference between a good bottle and a better bottle.
post #37 of 46
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If you drink frequently then this makes sense, and I have a suspicion that you drink frequently. It also makes sense if you can't taste the difference between a good bottle and a better bottle.

Neither, really. I am not a big drinker, and think I have a pretty good palate for wine. The thing is, I drink wine with dinner and something that enhances my time is what I am searching out. I don't drink wine to ponder it, to impress other with it or to remember it. Others do, and those all can be good reasons, they are just not for me.
post #38 of 46
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I wonder if drinking a bottle of bourbon in lieu of wine at a restaurant would be awkward for other diners.

more like pathetic for you.
post #39 of 46
Here in U.K./Scotland we have some of the best ranges of wine from around the world available to purchase-probably because we have no real wine industry of our own.This causes me to spend too much on wine!
post #40 of 46
When i buy wine it's usually an Aussie Shiraz at ~$20, give or take a few dollars.
post #41 of 46
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So how many of you guys frequently buy 1/2 and full cases vs single bottles in building your collections?

Pretty much only buy in 1/2 cases, sometimes full. I'm not big on spending a lot on wine but you can work good deals and discounts if you buy in bulk. I'd suggest cozying up to a local store owner and see if he can make it happen...
post #42 of 46
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I rarely spend more than $15 a bottle for stuff to drink at home. At restaurants, I desparately try to stay under $75.

Restaurants are a problem. The usual formula is 2.5 times retail price. So a $50 bottle is suddenly $125. An $80 is suddenly $200. And then there is the tip. I am a generous tipper, but frankly, I don't think a guy deserves $40 extra for pouring me what is in reality an $80 bottle of wine.

So we try and either reserve a good wine with a meal out for special occasions or if we find a good inexpensive wine on a menu that will reasonably match what each of us is having to eat. Surprisingly, certain meals are the easiest to find a good wine for cheap that matches the dinner. Like a crab leg dinner, or a rich fish goes well with an inexpensive Reisling.
post #43 of 46
I stick to less than $20 when buying anything for home. Usually it is just a dinner beverage for us, nothing more.
post #44 of 46
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Pretty much only buy in 1/2 cases, sometimes full. I'm not big on spending a lot on wine but you can work good deals and discounts if you buy in bulk. I'd suggest cozying up to a local store owner and see if he can make it happen...

I would go one step farther and say do not shop at a place that does not offer discounts for purchases of 1/2 or at least a full case. My two main wine shops have a 15% and 20% discount for case purchases.
post #45 of 46
I keep it under $10 unless the people at the store have something really glowing to say about it or if it's a varietal from a region that I typically like a lot. Then, I'll usually go up to $25ish.
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