It was refund time, so I went and had a little fun on a portion of it -- unfortunately my favorite store was out of stock on many items of interest, and my favorite rep was out. All the same I splurged a little more than I intended. Spirits wise -- a bottle of the boutique Junipero Gin, Mandarin Napoleon, and a supposedly half-decent Calvados, plus a few bottles of mixing grade spirit to restock. I kept to my word and did not buy any Scotch (even though the Syrah aged Mortlach was tempting me, as was an older Littlemill and a Cragganmore 29). Wine-wise, I grabbed twenty-five or so bottles and am pretty much stocked to capacity (plans for the cellar are underway). Notable were a decent Chateauneuf, Pouilly-Fuisse, Montrachet, some Alsatian and Pfalz Riesling, and 2001 Sauternes from Guirard and DesFargues. I enjoy Zins as well, and have had that wine some years ago. I recall that I enjoyed it -- picked up a pair today as well, and '05 and an '04. We should compare when the time comes. ~ Huntsman Huntsman: Sounds like quite a day for purchases! I do hear the 05 was better in that zin than my 06. Time shall tell. We heard a new store opened recently on the other side of town and plan to explore it next weekend. I doubt we will purchase 25 bottles, but I hope to make a few buys. I also just ordered a three pack of Syrah and a three pack of "Haut Tubbee", or hot tub, wine from Stefania Wine ( www.stefaniawine.com ) and that should be shipping in soon. The Haut Tubbee is funny. It is named in honor of the first 50 vines the couple planted...by their hot tub. I highly recommend their Uvas Creek Cab Sab. The sad thing is, it never hit the stores and is all sold out. I got three bottles though The day that my collection begins to look like either of yours in the slightest is the day that I will feel as if I've finally "made it" and am now a man.