Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

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#301 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » January 1st, 2019, 11:12 am

alan weinberg wrote:
January 1st, 2019, 8:48 am
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I am not going to enter my statistics for the year, or Alan will surely laugh at me.
only because he sees you as he was a few years ago—before I embraced the “ah, hell, I’ll never quit buying” mentality. The internal struggles, the rationalization, denial and anger, bargaining and depression (pseudo), finally accepting, almost mirroring Kubler Ross . . . but isn’t recognizing the problem half the battle? So I’ll quit at half!
GI Joe, Kubler Ross, one of those for sure. All in good fun, my friend. As Maureen said, the teasing is largely why we do it. :)

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#302 Post by dsimmons » January 1st, 2019, 1:42 pm

Well December was a good month for me with Christmas giving and Holiday events: Consumed 44 and purchased 3 for a net reduction of 41. YAY!!

For the year I am down 161 bottles.. YAY YAY!!

Still a ways to go to hit my target level of 1800-2000 bottles.

Next year my goal is to cut back or eliminate much beloved mailing lists.
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#303 Post by Steve Gautier » January 1st, 2019, 4:12 pm

I ended up +2 for 2018. I big step in the right direction.
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#304 Post by Jay Miller » January 2nd, 2019, 7:21 am

Still treading water...

December - purchased 12, consumed 14

Beginning: 644
Goal: 600
Current 626

And Dan - this is not an evangelizing thread. It is a somewhat humorous and self-deprecating support group for those of us who want to reduce our cellar size and for some reason that surpasses understanding [scratch.gif] are having difficulty in doing so.
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#305 Post by maureen nelson » January 2nd, 2019, 9:02 am

What Jay said

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#306 Post by Michael Sopher » January 2nd, 2019, 9:10 am

Late to the thread... but in on the plan. I am down 8% or so in 2018... somehow managed to buy only about 12 bottles in 2018 (aside from daily drinkers that never went into Cellartracker). Purchases had been my weak side... consumption never was.

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#307 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » January 2nd, 2019, 9:25 am

Michael Sopher wrote:
January 2nd, 2019, 9:10 am
Late to the thread... but in on the plan. I am down 8% or so in 2018... somehow managed to buy only about 12 bottles in 2018 (aside from daily drinkers that never went into Cellartracker). Purchases had been my weak side... consumption never was.
Goodness, if my daily drinkers didn't get counted, this would a very different game for me!

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#308 Post by Nathan V. » January 2nd, 2019, 10:13 am

With the caveat that I only started putting in "house wines" (anyone can grab a bottle from that section of the cellar whenever they want) into CT in June of this year, I was a long way off my goal. I'm not looking to reduce, but rather to slow buying as I reach capacity and potentially to rebalance based on consumption. My goal was a 20% reduction in bottles purchased, but I only got to 5.4% down which is probably a low estimate considering my caveat. Alarmingly, the per bottle average was up 12.6% reflecting the current trends in the market, especially Burgundy where most of that price escalation hit my cellar. Last year it was late release 2014s and 2015s, this year late release 2015s and 2016s and it shows. Also, I expected my allocations of 2016s to get severely cut, but they weren't by as much as I thought.

Anyway, next year my goal to cut buying by 20% in terms of number of bottles and I will also pare away some inventory by selling in order to rebalance the cellar to mesh closer to our drinking habits.
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#309 Post by Michael Sopher » January 2nd, 2019, 1:18 pm

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
January 2nd, 2019, 9:25 am
Michael Sopher wrote:
January 2nd, 2019, 9:10 am
Late to the thread... but in on the plan. I am down 8% or so in 2018... somehow managed to buy only about 12 bottles in 2018 (aside from daily drinkers that never went into Cellartracker). Purchases had been my weak side... consumption never was.
Goodness, if my daily drinkers didn't get counted, this would a very different game for me!
Well, I had to do my count off cellartracker... so wines that don't get logged in don't exist (like the wines in Jay's cellar that are still in shippers)... Still... my CT inventory is down meaningfully and that is my goal... I almost completely stopped buying...

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#310 Post by dsGriswold » January 2nd, 2019, 4:11 pm

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
January 1st, 2019, 11:12 am
alan weinberg wrote:
January 1st, 2019, 8:48 am
Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
January 1st, 2019, 4:54 am
I am not going to enter my statistics for the year, or Alan will surely laugh at me.
only because he sees you as he was a few years ago—before I embraced the “ah, hell, I’ll never quit buying” mentality. The internal struggles, the rationalization, denial and anger, bargaining and depression (pseudo), finally accepting, almost mirroring Kubler Ross . . . but isn’t recognizing the problem half the battle? So I’ll quit at half!
GI Joe, Kubler Ross, one of those for sure. All in good fun, my friend. As Maureen said, the teasing is largely why we do it. :)
Similar rational to the Moratorium thread over on the CT forum. There was a completion between several a few years ago and the winner went beyond a year without admitting to buying any wine. [wow.gif]
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#311 Post by Jay Miller » January 3rd, 2019, 10:33 am

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
January 1st, 2019, 11:12 am
alan weinberg wrote:
January 1st, 2019, 8:48 am
Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
January 1st, 2019, 4:54 am
I am not going to enter my statistics for the year, or Alan will surely laugh at me.
only because he sees you as he was a few years ago—before I embraced the “ah, hell, I’ll never quit buying” mentality. The internal struggles, the rationalization, denial and anger, bargaining and depression (pseudo), finally accepting, almost mirroring Kubler Ross . . . but isn’t recognizing the problem half the battle? So I’ll quit at half!
GI Joe, Kubler Ross, one of those for sure. All in good fun, my friend. As Maureen said, the teasing is largely why we do it. :)
I think it might be Stockholm syndrome as we learn to enjoy tripping over the large stock of wine in our home...
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#312 Post by Jay Miller » January 30th, 2019, 6:32 am

January - purchased 9, consumed 7

Beginning: 644
Goal: 600
Current 628

This might not look like success but I take solace in not having bought a single bottle of wine on BDay despite multiple temptations.

And all 9 purchases were "special circumstances". Some Drouhin I agreed to purchase from a friend over a year ago and which he just handed over, some Prager Bodenstein at a 50% off sale, and some limited release Sherry (only 500 bottles made) which will be unobtainable in a few years.
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#313 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » January 30th, 2019, 8:51 am

Not really a representative month, as we are doing an essentially dry January. I am still pleased with the restraint shown in the purchase department.

Purchased: 12
Consumed: 1 (a 375 served to a guest)
Net: 11

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#314 Post by Jason T » January 30th, 2019, 10:12 am

Between my trip to Oregon last fall and BD10 my cellar reduction plan is... on hiatus.
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#315 Post by Russ Williams » January 30th, 2019, 11:12 am

Buying at the pace I'm drinking, so a wash, which I'm good but not thrilled about. I have dropped several long term mailing list and I have been deleting wine emails without opening them unless 'champagne' is in the title. I think this year will be the turning point where purchases fall well below consumption. It damn well better as full time RV'ing is not conducive for a large wine cellar.
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#316 Post by alan weinberg » January 30th, 2019, 11:23 am

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
January 30th, 2019, 8:51 am
Not really a representative month, as we are doing an essentially dry January. I am still pleased with the restraint shown in the purchase department.

Purchased: 12
Consumed: 1 (a 375 served to a guest)
Net: 11
so by your reckoning, I can buy 6 jeroboams and add only 6? Cool!

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#317 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » January 30th, 2019, 12:05 pm

alan weinberg wrote:
January 30th, 2019, 11:23 am
Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
January 30th, 2019, 8:51 am
Not really a representative month, as we are doing an essentially dry January. I am still pleased with the restraint shown in the purchase department.

Purchased: 12
Consumed: 1 (a 375 served to a guest)
Net: 11
so by your reckoning, I can buy 6 jeroboams and add only 6? Cool!
No dice. The difference between a 750 and a 375 is a rounding error. A jero, not so much.

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#318 Post by Neal.Mollen » January 30th, 2019, 12:22 pm

Purchased in January: none

Consumed in January: some

So improvement. One case purchased in total since Halloween.
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#319 Post by Jim Erwin » January 30th, 2019, 12:51 pm

Jan 2019
Purchased 67
Consumed 35
Gained 32
Another fail...but my intentions were good.

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#320 Post by dsGriswold » January 30th, 2019, 1:35 pm

47 in and 18 out, not good. [snort.gif]
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#321 Post by dsimmons » January 30th, 2019, 1:38 pm

After an overall cellar reduction of 169 in 2018 I am off to a pretty good start in 2019 with 31 consumed and 17 purchased for a net reduction of 14. For the first time since joining the mailing list 15 years ago I did not take my full allocation from Carlisle... Major Separation Anxiety! I also cut my Quilceda Creek buy in half. [cry.gif]
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#322 Post by Russ Williams » January 31st, 2019, 6:17 am

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January 30th, 2019, 1:38 pm
After an overall cellar reduction of 169 in 2018 I am off to a pretty good start in 2019 with 31 consumed and 17 purchased for a net reduction of 14. For the first time since joining the mailing list 15 years ago I did not take my full allocation from Carlisle... Major Separation Anxiety! I also cut my Quilceda Creek buy in half. [cry.gif]
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#323 Post by BLittle » January 31st, 2019, 9:42 am

consumed 41 (thanks to my 50th)
bought 34, carlisle and arnot roberts rose the majority

[side bar: only 5 left at Wine Bid, may send more in the spring]
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#324 Post by dsimmons » January 31st, 2019, 12:04 pm

Russ Williams wrote:
January 31st, 2019, 6:17 am
dsimmons wrote:
January 30th, 2019, 1:38 pm
After an overall cellar reduction of 169 in 2018 I am off to a pretty good start in 2019 with 31 consumed and 17 purchased for a net reduction of 14. For the first time since joining the mailing list 15 years ago I did not take my full allocation from Carlisle... Major Separation Anxiety! I also cut my Quilceda Creek buy in half. [cry.gif]
It's okay Don. You will find that it gets easier as time goes on to just let mailing list go.
I hope so, with 400 bottles of Carlisle and 100 bottles of Q Creek I still find it hard. But I am enjoying the clutter reduction in my cellar and the slow realization that I will never run out of good wine in my lifetime. champagne.gif
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#325 Post by David Glasser » January 31st, 2019, 3:28 pm

Bought 12
Drank 9
Net +3 for January

I would say a rousing success considering Berserker Day was this month.

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#326 Post by maureen nelson » January 31st, 2019, 5:46 pm

Well, personally I have drunk no wine this month. I have given away a few bottles and opened a couple for guests. But i had ten days off over the holiday so I attempted an inventory, which resulted in a net increase and i bought a little so i am up net 15!

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#327 Post by Eric C » February 1st, 2019, 4:17 pm

1/1 inventory - 683
Purchased - 0
Consumed - 20
2/1 Inventory - 663

Target - 640

Almost there.....
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#328 Post by Frank Murray III » February 1st, 2019, 5:43 pm

Down 33 overall since December. Sold off a bunch of stuff and been selectively buying so the net is more space in the cellar as I work to add more champagne and re-balance my still wines.
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

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2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#329 Post by Craig G » February 1st, 2019, 11:10 pm

Well, I bought no wine in January, but I’m off to a bad start in February.
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#330 Post by jon leifer » February 2nd, 2019, 9:07 am

no purchases, wife got 2 bottles as gifts(guess that counts), consumed 10, net minus 8
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#331 Post by Merrill Lindquist » February 2nd, 2019, 10:07 am

I still continue to build my Champagne and some Chardonnay holdings. My commitment was to free up space in my EMH Library, which I have done, now, for the 2nd year. Of course I want some of everything I have produced, but getting each vintage down to single digits is where it needs to be after 17 vintages.
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#332 Post by Howard Cooper » February 2nd, 2019, 2:08 pm

dsimmons wrote:
January 31st, 2019, 12:04 pm
Russ Williams wrote:
January 31st, 2019, 6:17 am
dsimmons wrote:
January 30th, 2019, 1:38 pm
After an overall cellar reduction of 169 in 2018 I am off to a pretty good start in 2019 with 31 consumed and 17 purchased for a net reduction of 14. For the first time since joining the mailing list 15 years ago I did not take my full allocation from Carlisle... Major Separation Anxiety! I also cut my Quilceda Creek buy in half. [cry.gif]
It's okay Don. You will find that it gets easier as time goes on to just let mailing list go.
I hope so, with 400 bottles of Carlisle and 100 bottles of Q Creek I still find it hard. But I am enjoying the clutter reduction in my cellar and the slow realization that I will never run out of good wine in my lifetime. champagne.gif
How many bottles of Carlisle do you drink a year and at what age do you generally drink them?
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#333 Post by dsimmons » February 3rd, 2019, 11:28 am

Howard Cooper wrote:
February 2nd, 2019, 2:08 pm
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January 31st, 2019, 12:04 pm
Russ Williams wrote:
January 31st, 2019, 6:17 am


It's okay Don. You will find that it gets easier as time goes on to just let mailing list go.
I hope so, with 400 bottles of Carlisle and 100 bottles of Q Creek I still find it hard. But I am enjoying the clutter reduction in my cellar and the slow realization that I will never run out of good wine in my lifetime. champagne.gif
How many bottles of Carlisle do you drink a year and at what age do you generally drink them?
Hi Howard

I average about 30 bottles of Carlisle each year with more in recent years as my inventory has increased. I actually drank 47 bottles in 2018. Carlisle is my go to producer because, for my tastes, Mike's wines are so consistently delicious. I also prefer them with some age and drink the zins with 4+ years from vintage and the Syrah's, petite sirah's, and rhone blends with 8+ years. I drink the whites in the first 5 years. I also try to hold some of my favorites for longer.
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#334 Post by jeffruggels » February 3rd, 2019, 11:33 am

a carlisle a week! very nice

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#335 Post by jeffruggels » February 3rd, 2019, 11:34 am

a carlisle a week! very nice

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#336 Post by Howard Cooper » February 3rd, 2019, 1:26 pm

dsimmons wrote:
February 3rd, 2019, 11:28 am
Howard Cooper wrote:
February 2nd, 2019, 2:08 pm
dsimmons wrote:
January 31st, 2019, 12:04 pm


I hope so, with 400 bottles of Carlisle and 100 bottles of Q Creek I still find it hard. But I am enjoying the clutter reduction in my cellar and the slow realization that I will never run out of good wine in my lifetime. champagne.gif
How many bottles of Carlisle do you drink a year and at what age do you generally drink them?
Hi Howard

I average about 30 bottles of Carlisle each year with more in recent years as my inventory has increased. I actually drank 47 bottles in 2018. Carlisle is my go to producer because, for my tastes, Mike's wines are so consistently delicious. I also prefer them with some age and drink the zins with 4+ years from vintage and the Syrah's, petite sirah's, and rhone blends with 8+ years. I drink the whites in the first 5 years. I also try to hold some of my favorites for longer.
I was just trying to help you decide if cutting back on a wine you love like Carlisle makes sense. If you drink 30 bottes a year at 5 years old, you need 150 bottles (less if you are buying them at 2 or 3 years old) and to buy 30 new bottles a year. If you are drinking 50 bottles a year at 8 years old, your inventory of 400 bottles seems about right and you need to keep buying 50 bottles a year.
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#337 Post by Jay Miller » February 15th, 2019, 8:07 am

Jay Miller wrote:
January 30th, 2019, 6:32 am
January - purchased 9, consumed 7

Beginning: 644
Goal: 600
Current 628

This might not look like success but I take solace in not having bought a single bottle of wine on BDay despite multiple temptations.

And all 9 purchases were "special circumstances". Some Drouhin I agreed to purchase from a friend over a year ago and which he just handed over, some Prager Bodenstein at a 50% off sale, and some limited release Sherry (only 500 bottles made) which will be unobtainable in a few years.
Good news everyone! They didn't have enough Bodenstein to cover all the orders so I'm retroactively even for the month of January! Weehah! I need to celebrate. Maybe I'll buy some wine...

January 2019 - purchased 7, consumed 7

Beginning: 644
Goal: 600
Current 626
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#338 Post by Jay Miller » February 28th, 2019, 9:31 am

Finally, a good month! It has nothing to do with there only being 28 days. Really. Scout's honor.

February 2019 - purchased 0, consumed 11

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#339 Post by Mike Grammer » February 28th, 2019, 9:37 am

You still have today to correct that, amigo!

Actually, I "measure" success or failure by whether I need to use dad's cellar or not. I went for a number of years without needing to and now the wines are beginning to find their way into the clay racking again [cry.gif]

I will feel much better about things after next July (2020), when I open 100+ of the bottles. In terms of cellar management, I live for those once-every-four-years days :)

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#340 Post by Jay Miller » February 28th, 2019, 10:37 am

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You still have today to correct that, amigo!
No purchases planned for tonight. Tomorrow morning now...
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#341 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » February 28th, 2019, 10:49 am

Pretty good showing this month!

Purchased: 26
Consumed: 33 (including one which will be opened tonight)
Net: -7
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#342 Post by Neal.Mollen » February 28th, 2019, 10:50 am

In: four .375s of aged bdx

Out: roughly 10 .750 bottles.

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#343 Post by Jim Erwin » February 28th, 2019, 1:22 pm

Feb 2019
Purchased 30
Consumed 26
Gained 4
Better than Jan but still over YTD

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#344 Post by jon leifer » February 28th, 2019, 1:53 pm

Feb 2019, consumed 11, no purchases so minus 11 for month
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#345 Post by alan weinberg » February 28th, 2019, 2:30 pm

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February 28th, 2019, 10:49 am
Pretty good showing this month!

Putchased: 26
Consumed: 33 (including one which will be opened tonight)
Net: -7
color me impressed.

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#346 Post by dsimmons » February 28th, 2019, 4:07 pm

Feb was good with 18 purchased and 31 consumed for a Net -13. Especially since I spent a weekend in Paso and only bought 15 bottles. March may be tough though.
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#347 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » February 28th, 2019, 4:15 pm

alan weinberg wrote:
February 28th, 2019, 2:30 pm
Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
February 28th, 2019, 10:49 am
Pretty good showing this month!

Putchased: 26
Consumed: 33 (including one which will be opened tonight)
Net: -7
color me impressed.
Don't get used to it.... ;-)

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#348 Post by Brady Daniels » February 28th, 2019, 8:38 pm

How do y’all do it? February is Burgundy EP month. So painful.
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#349 Post by David Glasser » February 28th, 2019, 10:05 pm

Thought I’d be going in the right direction this month with 16 consumed. Nope, bought 17, net +1 for February.

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#350 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » March 1st, 2019, 8:50 am

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
February 28th, 2019, 4:15 pm
alan weinberg wrote:
February 28th, 2019, 2:30 pm
Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
February 28th, 2019, 10:49 am
Pretty good showing this month!

Putchased: 26
Consumed: 33 (including one which will be opened tonight)
Net: -7
color me impressed.
Don't get used to it.... ;-)
As anticipated, the trend didn't last long. 6 cases of Riesling purchased today. You can go back to being unimpressed. :)

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