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The Obsession of Wine Collecting
Maybe I should get married, so I can be nagged by my wife into exercising some restraint and not buying so much wine. But then I'd have to divorce her, lose some of the wine in divorce proceedings and buy more. So, maybe I shouldn’t. It seems every door opened leads down the path of buying wine. Hmmmm.
idle rumination comes as I constantly hear from friends that
they are buying so fast that they are out of space. And more
importantly, they wonder how they are going to sneak it past
their spouses, since usually only one of the couple is
obsessesed. Or, as one friend put it, “I bought some DRC. And
my wife looked at me and said,
“Joe (names have been changed to protect the hideously
guilty), the children need shoes this year.”
heard some creative gambits. As a case of rare Burgundy arrived
at one household near Christmas, and the non-purchasing spouse
queried why an agreement not to buy so much wine was being
shattered, the purchasing spouse said: “Dear, but this is
your Christmas gift.” No, it didn’t work, but you had to
admire the creativity.
there are those who are so desperate that they hire off site
storage space even though they have plenty of space at home,
just to sneak it past their spouses.
Of course, given the laws of nature, once they have more
storage space, they fill it.
minds want to know: what is it with this collector’s urge to
buy far more than anyone could ever drink????
I used to say, Hey, it's just another vintage.
Just exercise some restraint,
and there'll be another like it in a couple of years.
And that worked for awhile.
Doesn’t it seem, though, that there are an
unprecedented number of great vintages these days, things you
“gotta have?” How
could you ignore that string of vintages in California from
1991 to 1997? Isn’t it amazing how many fine vintages that
they’ve had in the 90s in Piedmont and Tuscany?
How about the hot streak in Chateauneuf lately? Or the
arrival of 2001 Germans? Rather,
than increasing my self-control with so much fine and
interesting wine available, it's temporarily created a
situation where I say, "Gotta have it. WHAT a
get the feeling that I am not alone in this, judging from the
marital discord apparently being fostered!
return to rationality. I'm
convinced that advances in winemaking are going to mean more
and more fine vintages. Even Burgundy is becoming half-way
consistent! Yes, hell has frozen over.
But that means having to reassess all this automatic,
compulsive buying. If there are
multiple great vintages in a row in Piemonte and
Chateauneuf, and California, and so on--I really don't have to
buy automatically like a fool all the time, do I? Do I? (Say
no!) There really
is another vintage of fine quality just around the corner.
I’m cured. Remember, ooh……..
me. I have to go. There’s
a case of ZH Pinot Gris at auction real cheap and who know when
I’ll see it at that price again. And …
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