Inspired by rather a large number of comments recently along the lines of “I’ve spent far too much on wine this year” I thought it might make an interesting topic for discussion.
I think there is a great danger when participating in forums like this that are inevitably geared to a certain amount of purchasing. I’ve been a member of a book reading forum for many years and without any doubt it has increased my reading significantly. And, as I mostly buy rather than borrow, it has also increased the number of books I buy (around 70 a year). This is, I think, a good thing, but it still amounts to quite a large annual expense.
Being a member of a wine drinking forum can inevitably have similar consequences except many/most wines cost a lot more than most books, are consumed faster and don’t really lend themselves to the library loan approach!
I have definitely ‘suffered’ from a touch of overenthusiastic buying since joining the community but at the same time I’ve discovered lots (and I do mean lots) of fantastic new (to me) wines. I have now, I think, mastered that over-enthusiasm, but at the same time it has served a useful purpose establishing a solid pipeline of aging wines that I didn’t have before!
My point really is that forums like this can result in a slightly obsessive approach to buying. We hear about all the fantastic wines everyone is trying and we want to try them all. Obviously not realistic and probably much easier to manage for the more experienced wine drinkers with a more developed sense of what they do or don’t like.
When I joined TWS in 2016 I didn’t really keep anything more than maybe a dozen bottles in the house and didn’t really get into heavier buying until I joined the forum in 2018. Over a year later and I have around £5000 of wine in my cabinet (also a new acquisition) and racks and a further £1600 outstanding on EP. Not, for me, a sustainable rate of buying but, more recently, I have managed to become more circumspect about my buying; with a bit of a cellar established I am buying significantly less.
So I’m now quite content with my buying though it definitely was beginning to get a touch out of hand at one point. Interestingly I do not appear to have increased my consumption in the slightest alongside these buying habits. I’ve always said on these pages that I seem to drink approximately one bottle a week and having recently been reviewing my buying and drinking (hence this topic) I notice that in just over three years (since I joined TWS) I have drunk exactly 155 bottles which is pretty consistent with my earlier estimate.
So all the fantastic advice I’ve received since I joined the community has been a great if double-edged sword requiring a little self-discipline.
Just curious how others have found this aspect of things.