From: Hood River, OR
The long-running thread for "smoking deals" continues to confound and/or trip up the best intentions of the 12-steppers in this thread... Eric must be laughing his ass off (as he continues to quaff young bordeauxs) thinking of what he has started. P.O.'d spouses seem to be a common link.
Yes, I avoid that thread!
Seriously, I always preach, everything in moderation. To be true to my words I need to "thin the herd" for a while. No human being or family needs over 1000 bottles....you just can't drink the wines before they go bad. If I didn't buy a single bottle I would drink down my cellar in maybe 7-8 years....not including all my Bordeaux futures which have not arrived. That's a long time! Buying new bottles might be interesting, but I'm throwing my money away so I'm better off making sure I pay down my house and other related items before I start dropping thousands on more wine. The occasional deal is nice....but everything in moderation!
It really depends on your cellar strategy and drinking horizon. I would agree with you that if you aren't going to be able to drink your wines before they go bad then you have way too many. But in the past year or so I have substantially altered my purchases to buying less 3-7 year drinkers and more 15-30 year drinkers. I have been trying to buy fewer bottles, but increase my $/bottle in order to buy wines I know will age well (Sauternes, Rieslings, CdP, Classified Bordeaux, Port, Etc.) These are also wines that tend to hold or increase in value.
I enjoy drinking aged wines, I don't enjoy paying markup for someone else to have held it and aged it for me. Right now I have the good start of a 30 year cellar - I figure another 200 bottles or so and I will be at capacity and have the rough profile I am hoping for, and then from that point forward it is simply buying to replace consumption, and most of that will be narrowed down to wines I am very fond of.
I do think both of us could stand to host a monster party or two in order to "thin the heard" a bit, as I do fear some of my early days purchases are approaching their peak.