Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

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#601 Post by David Baum » November 30th, 2019, 11:42 am

21 purchased
15 consumed
612 in cellar or pending delivery

Not bad. Hopefully a few months on hiatus will get me back under 600

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#602 Post by Craig G » November 30th, 2019, 4:50 pm

Jay Miller wrote:
November 29th, 2019, 7:24 am
starting 610.
0 purchased, 8 sold, 8 consumed.
594 remaining.
That's below my 600 target but I'm now thinking of a 2020 target of 500 rather than 600.

For a short time I had a case purchase of 2008 Champagnes but then I learned that the company I work for is being acquired and I don't know what my job situation will be next year so I canceled it.
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#603 Post by alan weinberg » November 30th, 2019, 6:48 pm

waiting for Sarah’s tally. As for me, I was good till 24 hours ago and bought 2 cases of stuff. And being on call, unable to drink for 2 weeks, doesn’t help consumption.

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#604 Post by Will Clements » November 30th, 2019, 7:05 pm

alan weinberg wrote:
November 30th, 2019, 6:48 pm
waiting for Sarah’s tally. As for me, I was good till 24 hours ago and bought 2 cases of stuff. And being on call, unable to drink for 2 weeks, doesn’t help consumption.
The no drinking on call is the worst. I have more impulse buying while on call.

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#605 Post by Larry Stein » November 30th, 2019, 7:19 pm

I think it's time to play. I have 972 bottles as of 11/30. For the past several months, it's hovered around 975 +- 5 bottles. December will increase as I have 8 bottles from Cedarville Vineyard and probably 18 bottles from Edmunds St. John that will arrive. The plan is to buy until I retire in May and then severely cut back my purchasing. From a budget and actuarial plan, it simply makes sense for me to do so.

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#606 Post by dsimmons » December 1st, 2019, 10:13 am

Larry Stein wrote:
November 30th, 2019, 7:19 pm
The plan is to buy until I retire in May and then severely cut back my purchasing. From a budget and actuarial plan, it simply makes sense for me to do so.
I hate to be the one to spring it on you but it does not work that way. [cheers.gif] [cheers.gif]
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#607 Post by Neal.Mollen » December 1st, 2019, 11:01 am

dsimmons wrote:
December 1st, 2019, 10:13 am
Larry Stein wrote:
November 30th, 2019, 7:19 pm
The plan is to buy until I retire in May and then severely cut back my purchasing. From a budget and actuarial plan, it simply makes sense for me to do so.
I hate to be the one to spring it on you but it does not work that way. [cheers.gif] [cheers.gif]
I'm hoping it does. Actually, I have been really good on the purchasing side for the last 18 months leading up to retirement next year.

I suppose it will all become evident soon enough
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#608 Post by Larry Stein » December 1st, 2019, 11:11 am

Don, when I’ve been between jobs, I’ve had no problem severely reducing my purchases. I’m quite disciplined. Also, I feel I have more than enough wine.

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#609 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » December 1st, 2019, 11:45 am

alan weinberg wrote:
November 30th, 2019, 6:48 pm
waiting for Sarah’s tally. As for me, I was good till 24 hours ago and bought 2 cases of stuff. And being on call, unable to drink for 2 weeks, doesn’t help consumption.
Sorry to disappoint you, Alan - I was very virtuous this month, if high rates of wine consumption can truly be considered virtuous. :)

After traveling or abstaining for nearly all of September and October, November saw us home and drinking from our cellar once again with a vengeance. Plus we entertained at least half a dozen times, without Thanksgiving even being in the mix (we were in Italy for the long weekend.) Final count:

Bought 12
Drank 62
Net -50
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#610 Post by Jonathan Loesberg » December 1st, 2019, 11:59 am

62! I'm impressed. Gail and I drink a lot and entertain a fair amount, but I don't think we've ever gotten through that much in a month.

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#611 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » December 1st, 2019, 12:12 pm

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December 1st, 2019, 11:59 am
62! I'm impressed. Gail and I drink a lot and entertain a fair amount, but I don't think we've ever gotten through that much in a month.
And a few were magnums! It was our highest consumption month on record. But it's actually not that hard to get there if you have 6-8 guests 4 times in a month, plus some smaller events, in addition to every day consumption.
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#612 Post by alan weinberg » December 1st, 2019, 1:20 pm

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
December 1st, 2019, 12:12 pm
Jonathan Loesberg wrote:
December 1st, 2019, 11:59 am
62! I'm impressed. Gail and I drink a lot and entertain a fair amount, but I don't think we've ever gotten through that much in a month.
And a few were magnums! It was our highest consumption month on record. But it's actually not that hard to get there if you have 6-8 guests 4 times in a month, plus some smaller events, in addition to every day consumption.
not disappointed at all! Since call put me on the wagon, color me jealous. Now you have room for 08 Dom!

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#613 Post by MMunger » December 1st, 2019, 2:02 pm

Our QTD numbers:

Bought 92
Drank 31
Net gain of 61
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#614 Post by jon leifer » December 1st, 2019, 2:08 pm

bought 24, got one as gift = 25, drank 9 for net "gain" of 16..no purchases anticipated for December..but who knows? ditto re gifts?..perhaps I'll gt back on track this month as I did some of my previously anticipated December wine shopping in November...
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#615 Post by maureen nelson » December 1st, 2019, 6:32 pm

Bought 26, drank 17. Damn you, Rhys!

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#616 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » December 2nd, 2019, 5:21 am

alan weinberg wrote:
December 1st, 2019, 1:20 pm
Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
December 1st, 2019, 12:12 pm

And a few were magnums! It was our highest consumption month on record. But it's actually not that hard to get there if you have 6-8 guests 4 times in a month, plus some smaller events, in addition to every day consumption.
not disappointed at all! Since call put me on the wagon, color me jealous. Now you have room for 08 Dom!
And here I thought you got a kick out of my regular and spectacular failures to reduce. ;-)

The way our cellar is organized, to get room for the new Dom, I have to create a bunch of space in the champagne section if I want to rack the new bottles. So, good as it was, this past month won't do the trick. I can, of course, leave a bunch in their boxes and just put them in case storage in the back, which is what I usually do with young champagne, but the '08 Dom is drinking so well young, I'd like to have some in the racks as well.
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#617 Post by alan weinberg » December 2nd, 2019, 6:10 am

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
December 2nd, 2019, 5:21 am
And here I thought you got a kick out of my regular and spectacular failures to reduce.
well, a little.

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#618 Post by Mark Golodetz » December 2nd, 2019, 6:37 am

Since the auction, I have bought a little. I am still unable to resist a serious bargain, but being a lot more careful than before.

I continue to buy from European suppliers who have agreed to store for a year free (from end of October) those who don’t are on hold not just for wines with tariffs, but also non tariff wines like Champagne, but that is two out of maybe a dozen.
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#619 Post by Jim Erwin » December 2nd, 2019, 6:47 am

Nov 2019: +6
Purchased: 20
Consumed: 14

YTD Total: +31
Purchased: 317
Consumed: 286

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#620 Post by Peter Hirsch » December 21st, 2019, 10:07 am

At -7.26% on the year. Hoping for a solid final week or 2 of consumption to drive this to more than a 7.5% reduction... Or even 8% if I'm lucky..

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#621 Post by David Glasser » December 22nd, 2019, 10:22 pm

So far this month I’ve been doing well:
Drank 15
Bought 3

With one week left to go in the year, I checked my YTD numbers.
Drank 139
Bought 139

I’ll be darned! All I need to do is drink 1 more and resist any purchases over the next 8 days and I can declare victory for the year.

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#622 Post by Geoff F. » December 22nd, 2019, 11:57 pm

Drank 11
Bought 32

YTD:
Drank 143
Bought 392

Explains the surplus, and makes for an easy new years resolution to not buy any wine for a while.
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#623 Post by Howard Cooper » December 25th, 2019, 2:18 pm

Looks like for the first time ever I will have consumed more wine than I have purchased during a calendar year. Right now I have drunk or otherwise gotten rid of (gifts, donations, etc.) six more bottles than I have purchased. Given that there is only one more week in the year and that I am more likely to drink wine than to buy more (depending on 2008 Comte de Champagne being offered by a store I purchase from [wow.gif] pileon ), it is highly likely that I will have reduced my cellar - likely by 10 bottles or less, but I will have reduced my cellar inventory. [dance-clap.gif] [dance-clap.gif]
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#624 Post by PaulMills » December 25th, 2019, 5:27 pm

December 2019
Purchased 12
Consumed 15

Vs 2018
Purchased 31
Consumed 21

I am doing better, right!?!

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#625 Post by Jay Miller » December 30th, 2019, 3:15 pm

starting 594

3 purchased,
5 sold,
6 consumed.

586 remaining.

Comfortably below my 600 target maximum.
Ripe fruit isn't necessarily a flaw.

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#626 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » December 30th, 2019, 4:04 pm

Jay Miller wrote:
December 30th, 2019, 3:15 pm
starting 594

3 purchased,
5 sold,
6 consumed.

586 remaining.

Comfortably below my 600 target maximum.
How do you have a month with 6 bottles consumed? The land between zero (when we're abstaining) and at least 20 just doesn't exist. :) And at the holidays, too....
Sort of ITB - my husband imports a small amount of sake and I help out

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#627 Post by YLee » December 30th, 2019, 4:34 pm

Wheres the cellar increase plan thread?
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#628 Post by Larry Stein » December 30th, 2019, 5:09 pm

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
December 30th, 2019, 4:04 pm
Jay Miller wrote:
December 30th, 2019, 3:15 pm
starting 594

3 purchased,
5 sold,
6 consumed.

586 remaining.

Comfortably below my 600 target maximum.
How do you have a month with 6 bottles consumed? The land between zero (when we're abstaining) and at least 20 just doesn't exist. :) And at the holidays, too....
I can't answer for Jay, but I can for myself. This might apply to him. As I got into my 60s (I'm 65), it's become harder to drink alcohol on a weeknight as it now affects my quality of sleep more than it used to. That's not uncommon in general. I hesitate on opening a bottle way more on a work night than on the weekend. I'm probably opening around 4-6 bottles a month. It's been that way the past couple of years.

I'm retiring at the end of May when I turn 66. I know the frequency of opening bottles will increase after that.

I currently have just shy of 1000 bottles. It feels like I have a good number of wines that should be drunk and I simply can't maintain the pace in which to make sure that they don't go over the hill. I'm cutting down on purchases and will do so more drastically when I retire. That won't be a problem.

I'm not going to ask how old you are, but believe me, I was opening bottles 5 nights out of 7 back in the day from my mid-20s until just a few years ago. Age becomes a factor.

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#629 Post by Dale Bowers » December 30th, 2019, 5:19 pm

December

Purchased 38
Consumed 33

Net +5
Cheers!

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#630 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » December 30th, 2019, 5:30 pm

Larry Stein wrote:
December 30th, 2019, 5:09 pm
Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
December 30th, 2019, 4:04 pm
Jay Miller wrote:
December 30th, 2019, 3:15 pm
starting 594

3 purchased,
5 sold,
6 consumed.

586 remaining.

Comfortably below my 600 target maximum.
How do you have a month with 6 bottles consumed? The land between zero (when we're abstaining) and at least 20 just doesn't exist. :) And at the holidays, too....
I can't answer for Jay, but I can for myself. This might apply to him. As I got into my 60s (I'm 65), it's become harder to drink alcohol on a weeknight as it now affects my quality of sleep more than it used to. That's not uncommon in general. I hesitate on opening a bottle way more on a work night than on the weekend. I'm probably opening around 4-6 bottles a month. It's been that way the past couple of years.

I'm retiring at the end of May when I turn 66. I know the frequency of opening bottles will increase after that.

I currently have just shy of 1000 bottles. It feels like I have a good number of wines that should be drunk and I simply can't maintain the pace in which to make sure that they don't go over the hill. I'm cutting down on purchases and will do so more drastically when I retire. That won't be a problem.

I'm not going to ask how old you are, but believe me, I was opening bottles 5 nights out of 7 back in the day from my mid-20s until just a few years ago. Age becomes a factor.
Oh I get everything you're saying. Jay and Arnold are dear friends. I was mostly just teasing him.
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#631 Post by alan weinberg » December 30th, 2019, 5:49 pm

opened 20, bought 53. Hope to buy less in 2020. I’m getting old.

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#632 Post by Jay Miller » December 30th, 2019, 6:27 pm

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
December 30th, 2019, 4:04 pm
Jay Miller wrote:
December 30th, 2019, 3:15 pm
starting 594

3 purchased,
5 sold,
6 consumed.

586 remaining.

Comfortably below my 600 target maximum.
How do you have a month with 6 bottles consumed? The land between zero (when we're abstaining) and at least 20 just doesn't exist. :) And at the holidays, too....
While it's true that my consumption is way down in general down my liver enzymes were elevated and my PA wanted a clean blood test with no alcohol or tylenol for a month. The first three were at Brad's Beaujolais dinner on the 3rd where I was spitting and the last three were opened over the last few days after I had the blood test on the 27th. But as with Larry I'm not opening any wine during the week these days unless I'm attending a wine dinner.
Ripe fruit isn't necessarily a flaw.

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#633 Post by Tom G l a s g o w » December 30th, 2019, 6:28 pm

YLee wrote:
December 30th, 2019, 4:34 pm
Wheres the cellar increase plan thread?
It’s a lurker thread, thus no posts.

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#634 Post by Sc0tt F!tzger@ld » December 30th, 2019, 6:38 pm

Tom G l a s g o w wrote:
December 30th, 2019, 6:28 pm
YLee wrote:
December 30th, 2019, 4:34 pm
Wheres the cellar increase plan thread?
It’s a lurker thread, thus no posts.
It’s here!
https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/v ... 2&start=50

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#635 Post by Joel Pulver » December 30th, 2019, 7:20 pm

Well since I started playing mid-year, I have no idea how many bottles I am actually down but I do know it's close to 100.

That being said ..... time to set some goals for 2020.

Current bottles = 313
Pending Delivery = 10

Goal by December 31, 2020 = 275

Bad news is ... trip to Napa in March

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#636 Post by jon leifer » December 30th, 2019, 7:34 pm

bought 6, got 4 as gifts, drank 9, so +1 for December
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#637 Post by David Glasser » December 30th, 2019, 8:58 pm

Sc0tt F!tzger@ld wrote:
December 30th, 2019, 6:38 pm
Tom G l a s g o w wrote:
December 30th, 2019, 6:28 pm
YLee wrote:
December 30th, 2019, 4:34 pm
Wheres the cellar increase plan thread?
It’s a lurker thread, thus no posts.
It’s here!
https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/v ... 2&start=50
Actually, it’s here:
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=149150

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#638 Post by Geoff F. » December 30th, 2019, 10:35 pm

Bought: 42
Consumed: 23
Total: 445

I'm beginning to think I'm not very good at this math thing. I need to stop buying and start consuming.
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#639 Post by Peter Hirsch » December 31st, 2019, 6:41 am

Final tally.
Down 7.4% on the year.
Solid reduction year.
I'm setting a Stretch target for 2020. A 10% reduction!
Will be my 7th straight year of reducing....

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#640 Post by Neal.Mollen » December 31st, 2019, 7:04 am

Larry Stein wrote:
December 30th, 2019, 5:09 pm
Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
December 30th, 2019, 4:04 pm
Jay Miller wrote:
December 30th, 2019, 3:15 pm
starting 594

3 purchased,
5 sold,
6 consumed.

586 remaining.

Comfortably below my 600 target maximum.
How do you have a month with 6 bottles consumed? The land between zero (when we're abstaining) and at least 20 just doesn't exist. :) And at the holidays, too....
I can't answer for Jay, but I can for myself. This might apply to him. As I got into my 60s (I'm 65), it's become harder to drink alcohol on a weeknight as it now affects my quality of sleep more than it used to. That's not uncommon in general. I hesitate on opening a bottle way more on a work night than on the weekend. I'm probably opening around 4-6 bottles a month. It's been that way the past couple of years.

I'm retiring at the end of May when I turn 66. I know the frequency of opening bottles will increase after that.

I currently have just shy of 1000 bottles. It feels like I have a good number of wines that should be drunk and I simply can't maintain the pace in which to make sure that they don't go over the hill. I'm cutting down on purchases and will do so more drastically when I retire. That won't be a problem.

I'm not going to ask how old you are, but believe me, I was opening bottles 5 nights out of 7 back in the day from my mid-20s until just a few years ago. Age becomes a factor.
Interesting Larry. Unless at a special occasion dinner/with a client, I have never opened wine on a "school night." As a result, my typical consumption has been no more than 8-12 bottles a month (Friday, Saturday, sometimes Sunday). On the precipice of retirement, I have been buying almost exclusively half bottles so that one night during the week (or two) we can have a glass of wine with dinner.
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#641 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » December 31st, 2019, 7:44 am

We are mid-40's and drink wine most nights. We rarely go out, rarely attend big wine dinners, and we cook simple, healthy food at home. A bottle of wine is just a part of a normal dinner. Bottles rarely get opened and not finished, unless we didn't like them.

It was another month of entertaining for us, resulting in a successful reduction. Assuming we drink the two bottles on deck for tonight, totals will stand at:

Bought: 28
Consumed: 71
Net: -43

Overall, we bought far, far fewer bottles than in any year since we've been buying for two. Partly, that's due to wanting to be conservative while I was out of work, and partly the realization that our cellar is largely right where we want it to be.

Some interesting stats for the year:

Consumption
34.2% White
12.4% Sparkling, white and rose
13.9% Still rose
39.5% Red

Purchases
49% White
11% Sparkling
4% Still rose (no purchase of our house rose this year)
27.9% Red

Consumption
22.6 % Germany
15.6 % Piedmont
15.4 % Burgundy (red and white)
11.8 % Champagne
11.4 % Southwest France (mostly our house rose)
7.0 % Spain
5.3 % Other Italy
3.5 % Other France
2.5 % Loire
1.9 % Bordeaux
1.3 % California
1.3 % Jura
0.2 % Austria
0.2 % Portugal

Purchases
32.5 % Germany
14.3 % Piedmont
11.7 % Burgundy (red and white)
9.7 % Champagne
0.4 % Southwest France
10.7 % Spain
1.2 % Other Italy
2.4 % Other France
2.4 % Loire
1.0 % Bordeaux
4.4 % California
1.2 % Jura
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#642 Post by Jdbramm » December 31st, 2019, 7:53 am

Purchased 29
Consumed 6
Pending 10

I think I’m doing it wrong!? Just kidding. Still very much in the accumulation phase with around 300 bottles (available storage for 600) and we were not at home 12 days this month.
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#643 Post by Larry Stein » December 31st, 2019, 10:32 am

983 bottles after tonight.

An increase of 11 from 11/30. That included wine ordered in Spring and Fall from one winery. Only anticipated purchase in January is 4 bottles from Edmunds St. John.

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Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

#644 Post by maureen nelson » December 31st, 2019, 9:04 pm

Purchased 15, consumed 41. Aided by gifts, donations and taking inventory (only 12 drunk).

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Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

#645 Post by David Glasser » January 1st, 2020, 5:44 am

For the year:

Purchased: 147
Consumed: 144

Net gain of 3 for the year. While ultimately a fail, much better than last year. New Year resolution is to limit purchases to no more than 1 case in 2020. Almost 9 hours in and I’m doing great! Only 8756 more hours to go...

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Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

#646 Post by Bud Carey » January 1st, 2020, 6:47 am

For the year, reduced the cellar by 150 bottles to about 1400. Hope to do the same in 2020.
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Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

#647 Post by Jim Erwin » January 1st, 2020, 7:56 am

Dec 2019: -16
Purchased: 14
Consumed: 30

2019 Total: +10
Purchased: 325
Consumed: 315

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Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

#648 Post by Tom G l a s g o w » January 1st, 2020, 8:10 am

David Glasser wrote:
December 30th, 2019, 8:58 pm
Sc0tt F!tzger@ld wrote:
December 30th, 2019, 6:38 pm
Tom G l a s g o w wrote:
December 30th, 2019, 6:28 pm

It’s a lurker thread, thus no posts.
It’s here!
https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/v ... 2&start=50
Actually, it’s here:
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=149150
Actually, threads that cause increased buying are everywhere.

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Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

#649 Post by Tom G l a s g o w » January 1st, 2020, 8:12 am

Bud Carey wrote:
January 1st, 2020, 6:47 am
For the year, reduced the cellar by 150 bottles to about 1400. Hope to do the same in 2020.
150 is impressive.

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Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

#650 Post by Sc0tt F!tzger@ld » January 1st, 2020, 10:46 am

In 2019...

Purchased: 331 bottles
Consumed: 117 bottles

Clearly headed in the wrong direction!
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