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#1 Post by Ian Sutton » May 27th, 2018, 3:32 am

Which grapes are represented in your cellar? For me it's:

(now edited to include consumption % in brackets)

Nebbiolo 18.8% (12.2% of consumed bottles)
Red Blend (Mostly Musar) 8.6% (7.5%)
Syrah 6.7% (7.9%)
Sangiovese 4.9% (4.3%)
Tempranillo 4.2% (2.5%)
White Blend 4.0% (1.5%)
Red Bordeaux Blend 3.7% (8.6%)
Cabernet Sauvignon 3.5% (5.4%)
Pinot Noir 3.0% (3.0%)
Corvina 2.7% (1.9%)
Muscat 2.5% (3.1%)
Riesling 2.2% (5.3%)
Champagne Blend 2.0% (1.1%)
Chardonnay 2.0% (6.5%)
Baga 1.5%
Malbec 1.5% (2.4%)
Mourvedre 1.5%
Port Blend 1.5% (1.1%)
Nosiola 1.2%
Teroldego 1.2%
Sémillon 1.2%
Timorasso 1.0%
Montepulciano 1.0%
Chenin Blanc 1.0% (2.1%)
Others (each less than 1%) 18.6%

Red Rhone blend (2.3%)
Corvina (1.9%)
Barbera (1.6%)
Semillon-Sauv Blanc blends (1.4%)
Sauv Blanc (1.2%)


Commentary
  • Nebbiolo clearly a strong favourite and I reckon one in five is about where I want to be, though with the typical longevity, I need to top up again on a favourite nebbiolo d'Alba to ensure there is enough that I'd be happy to open.
  • Syrah hides a slow but steady move from Aussie Shiraz to Northern Rhone Syrah
  • A decade ago, the Cab Sauv / Bdx blend number would probably have topped the chart
  • Pinot Noir might be higher, but for the price rises in Red Burg
  • Chardonnay, like Cab Sauv, would have been easily the leading white grape. When my next delivery lands it may be relegated even further by Nosiola! It has a place, but it's almost always confirmed favourites rather than new experiments.
  • The 'Others', currently at 18.6%, has been increasing, as I've made a conscious effort to explore outside my comfort zone. Grapes like Timorasso, Teroldego, Nosiola and Baga have started from a first taste to be emerging interest. There are maybe a dozen sitting below 1% that might be on a similar list in 2-3 year's time, with Vespolina about to sneak in
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#2 Post by Bdklein » May 27th, 2018, 6:41 am

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#3 Post by Bud Carey » May 27th, 2018, 6:59 am

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#4 Post by Ian H » May 27th, 2018, 7:24 am

My top 5:

Pinot Noir 38.7%
Red Bordeaux Blend 18.0%
Riesling 10.3%
Cabernet Sauvignon 6.9%
Nebbiolo 5.4%

I find I like Pinot almost anytime, with or without food. Almost same story for Riesling. If I'm opening Bordeaux, Cab or Barolo, I tend to do it with a specific food pairing in mind. Some varietals under 3% I can see growing are Zinfandel, Gewurtztraminer, and Pinot Gris.
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#5 Post by Andrew Demaree » May 27th, 2018, 8:05 am

Top 5:

Cabernet Sauvignon 42%
Zinfandel 27%
Sangiovese 9%
Red Bordeaux Blend 5%
Nebbiolo 3%

That’s pretty representative of the frequencies with which I open them, so seems about right to me. If there was one thing I’d change it would be to see champagne in there around 5% or so. Currently, it sits at 1-2%.

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#6 Post by Brian S t o t t e r » May 27th, 2018, 8:29 am

Zinfandel/Zinfandel Blend 24.8%
Riesling 22.3%
Nebbiolo 10.1%
Cabernet Sauvignon 9.2%
Red Rhone Blend 8.2%
Pinot Noir 5.9%
Sangiovese 5.9%
Red Bordeaux Blend 2.5%
Champagne Blend 1.5%
Chardonnay 1.5%
Syrah 1.5%
Chasselas 0.5%
Gewürztraminer 0.5%
Mourvedre 0.5%
Chenin Blanc 0.2%
Dolcetto 0.2%
Grüner Veltliner 0.2%
White Blend 0.2%

Long-term I’d like more nebbiolo as well as riesling and other ageable whites (Loire, gruner veltliner, some Chablis).
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#7 Post by R Nanda » May 27th, 2018, 8:36 am

My allocation - feels pretty good.

1. Pinot 42%
2. Nebbiolo 15%
3. Chard 9%
4. Syrah 9%
5. Cab / Bordeaux Blend 9%
6. Riesling 3%
7. Champagne Blend 2%
8. Other - 11%

The top 7 are varietals I most often go to for meals and entertaining. And I like having a ~10% 'tail' with lots of variety (e.g., Chenin, Rioja, Sangio, Grenache/CdP, etc.) for experimentation and the odd craving.
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#8 Post by Jon Clements » May 27th, 2018, 8:50 am

My top 10. Probably only one here with Pinotage on top.

1. Pinotage 40.7%
2. Cabernet Sauvignon 21.1%
3. Red Bordeaux Blend 10.6%
4. Syrah 7.6%
5. Red Blend 5.8%
6. Red Rhone Blend 2.2%
7. Zinfandel 2.0%
8. Petite Sirah 1.3%
9. Grenache 1.1%
10. Other (less than 1%) 7.4%

Only surprise for me is how little Petite Sirah I have left but then again have been drinking a lot of those lately.
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#9 Post by Steve Brickley » May 27th, 2018, 9:39 am

Chardonnay 17.6%
Pinot Noir 13.1%
Riesling 9%
Syrah 7.7%
Nebbiolo 6.4%
Red Bordeaux Blend 6%
Gamay 6%

Fun exercise for me because it is influenced by my campaigns over the last few years. The chardonnay is a combination 2005 to current of Ceritas (750 and mag) along with a large amount of Chablis and other burgundy. The white burgs are post 2010 and require vigilance to stay ahead of the curse. Chard is not a recent campaign. Pinot is pinot and is burgundy and Rhys. Riesling is nowhere near in my top 5 wines I enjoy, but the 2015 year had me buying across the board and I found GG. Riesling buying has since slowed to almost zip. Syrah came from our trip to France some time ago. There I made the connection and haven’t looked back. Nebbiolo and Bordeaux are gradual but continuous buys over a long time and little drink down due to the need for aging them. Gamay is mostly the 2014 Beaujolais crop along with isolated backfills like 2009 and 15/16 selective additions avoiding fruitiness.
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#10 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » May 27th, 2018, 10:48 am

Pinot Noir 30.2%
Malt (Beer) 10.1%
Syrah 9.7%
Red Bordeaux Blend 7.1%
Riesling 7.1%
Red Rhone Blend (mostly CdP) 6.2%
Cabernet Sauvignon 5.3%
Chardonnay 4.8%
Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (Sauternes) 3.2%
Chenin Blanc 2.1%
Cabernet Franc 2.0%


That's getting closer to what I'd like. I've no issues whatsoever with Pinot Noir having such a commanding lead --- Pinot is almost always in the running for which wine we'll pull for dinner. Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc are on their way up; Chardonnay I am trying to pull back on somewhat, but I find that difficult because my holdings are primarily Arcadian and Rhys, and I love them both, and I don't really want to stop buying them. Cab. Sauv. is giving way to Red Bdx. Blend. I finally emotionally accepted what I've intellectually known for quite some time: for my preferences, France does Cabernet better than USA, and typically at a lower price point, ta boot. Sauternes is sinking -- I don't buy them much anymore because we rarely drink them; our current holdings may very well be all we need for the remainder of our lives. Riesling should probably be upped a couple notches.
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#11 Post by M. Dildine » May 27th, 2018, 11:00 am

Zinfandel and Zin Blends (about a third)
Pinot Noir (about a quarter)
Cab and Cab blends (about a fifth)

The rest spread over many varieties, led by Syrah
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#12 Post by Mark C » May 27th, 2018, 11:10 am

Cabernet Sauvignon 19.4%
Red Bordeaux Blend 12.7%
Red Rhone Blend 7.4%
Red Blend 5.3%
Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 5.3%
Syrah 4.9%
Pinot Noir 3.9%
Malt 3.5%
Champagne Blend 2.8%
Shiraz 2.8%
Sangiovese Blend 2.5%
Port Blend 2.1%
Petit Verdot 2.1%
Grenache Blend
Garnacha 1.8%
Chardonnay 1.8%
Tempranillo 1.8%
Vijiriega 1.8%
Sauvignon Blanc 1.4%
Tempranillo Blend 1.4%
SuperTuscan Blend 1.4%
Sangiovese 1.1%
Cabernet Franc 1.1%
Grenache 1.1%
Merlot 1.1%
Zinfandel 1.1%
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#13 Post by Ian Sutton » May 27th, 2018, 11:41 am

I'm particularly enjoying the trend commentary and aspirations, but each post is interesting to see the wide variation. 41% Pinotage is indeed something I'd not expected to see, but a great illustration of 'buy what you enjoy'.
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#14 Post by Paul Fountain » May 27th, 2018, 9:09 pm

Port Blend 27.6%
Cabernet Sauvignon 24.5%
Syrah 15.5%
Riesling 12.1%
Pinot Noir 8.0%
Red Bordeaux Blend 3.4%
Red Blend 1.5%
Chardonnay 1.2%
Nebbiolo 1.2%
Petite Sirah 1.0%
Red Rhone Blend 0.7%
Pinot Meunier 0.6%
Cabernet Franc 0.4%
Carménère 0.4%
Sémillon 0.4%
Muscadelle 0.3%
Petit Verdot 0.3%
Tempranillo 0.3%
White Rhone Blend 0.3%
Albariño 0.1%
Grenache 0.1%
Rosé Blend 0.1%

Port aside, Most of mine are Australian with a smattering of German rieslings, Portuguese reds and whites, a couple of Chilean Carménères and maybe a Kiwi or two. A couple of years ago, I think Syrah was leading the way, but I've not bought much of that in recent years. I'll probably aim to diversify the varieties a bit more over the next couple of years.

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#15 Post by Ian Sutton » May 28th, 2018, 8:59 am

Intrigued as to whether my thoughts were backed up by a comparison to consumption, I've now added in consumption figures (in blue) to the OP.

An additional comment:
- The drift away from Aussie wines also explains the drops in SSB blends, Sauv Blanc, Semillon and Riesling, along with some of the Cab Sauv / Bdx blends drop.
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#16 Post by Bob Hughes » May 28th, 2018, 9:06 am

Nebbiolo is 29%, Sangiovese next at 20%, Pinot Noir at 13% and Riesling at 11% - so basically 75% of my cellar made up of four grapes.

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#17 Post by dsimmons » May 28th, 2018, 11:18 am

Cabernet Sauvignon 16.1 (15.1)
Red Bordeaux 16.1 (7.1)
Syrah 13.3 (9.2)
Red Rhone 12.7 (8.2)
Pinot 11.6 (12.7)
zin 9.3 (10.3)
Chardonnay 4.9 (12.4)
29 0thers 16 (25)

These numbers are not quite what I expected but I am pretty happy with the distribution of my cellar. I am actively working to reduce my purchases of syrah and Bordeaux and increase Champagne, Riesling, and White Rhone blends. This is largely a function of getting older.
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#18 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » May 28th, 2018, 11:47 am

I have twice as much Riesling as any other grape. Next up is Pinot Noir. Syrah rounds out the top 3.
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#19 Post by maureen nelson » May 28th, 2018, 12:25 pm

Pinot noir -48.49%
Riesling - 32.39%
Chenin blanc - 4.74%
Chardonnay -4.06%
Semillon/semillon-SB blend 3.07%
Red Bordeaux blend - 2.15%
Nebbiolo - 1.71%
Rieslaner -:0.68%
Champagne blend - 0.44%
Pinot gris -0.36%
Cabernet sauvignon - 0.32%
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#20 Post by D@ve D y r 0 f f » May 28th, 2018, 1:52 pm

I like to spread the love. Last 160 bottles consumed:

Pinot Noir 13.1% Consumed (21)
Sangiovese 12.5% Consumed (20)
Syrah 11.9% Consumed (19)
Red Bordeaux Blend 11.3% Consumed (18)
Red Rhone Blend 10.0% Consumed (16)
Cabernet Sauvignon 3.8% Consumed (6)
Chardonnay 3.1% Consumed (5)
Gamay 2.5% Consumed (4)
Nebbiolo 2.5% Consumed (4)
Riesling 2.5% Consumed (4)
Tempranillo 2.5% Consumed (4)
Red Blend 1.9% Consumed (3)
Zinfandel 1.9% Consumed (3)
Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 1.9% Consumed (3)
Negroamaro 1.9% Consumed (3)
Chenin Blanc 1.9% Consumed (3)
Champagne Blend 1.3% Consumed (2)
Aglianico 1.3% Consumed (2)
Mourvedre 1.3% Consumed (2)
Malbec 1.3% Consumed (2)
SuperTuscan Blend 1.3% Consumed (2)
Port Blend 0.6% Consumed (1)
Roussanne 0.6% Consumed (1)
White Rhone Blend 0.6% Consumed (1)
Xarello 0.6% Consumed (1)
Tannat 0.6% Consumed (1)
Malvasia 0.6% Consumed (1)
Mencía 0.6% Consumed (1)
Merlot 0.6% Consumed (1)
Muscat 0.6% Consumed (1)
Nerello Mascalese 0.6% Consumed (1)
Bonarda 0.6% Consumed (1)
Cabernet Franc 0.6% Consumed (1)
Grenache 0.6% Consumed (1)
Jacquère 0.6% Consumed (1)

Commentary - My inventoried cellar (which excludes daily drinkers) is dominated (75% of the total) by just six - Bdx blends/cabs (Bdx, Cali, Tuscany), syrah (Rhone, Cali), pinot (Burg only), red Rhone blends, nebbiolo, and sangiovese.

I would say that Bdx blends/cabs is the only one helped by my having significant quantity from more than one region (Bordeaux and California). I have some California syrah and grenache, but not enough to really move the needle compared to those from the Rhone. Otherwise, with the exception of a couple of German pinots I just added, I really only have these varieties from their home regions.

How they will show in my consumption list vs my cellar list is heavily influenced by whether they are equally represented among my $12-$15 daily drinkers and among the inventoried cellar.

Pinot is helped both by red Burg being about 10% of my cellar inventory and by my still being in the midst (though near the end) of drinking my way through a bunch of '10 and earlier Bourgogne rouges (and occasionally others) that used to pop up from time to time for $14.99 or so. Sadly that doesn't seem to happen any more, so pinot will make up an ever-shrinking percentage of my daily drinker consumption.

Sangiovese is helped by being not only a favorite, but by my having hosted a Brunello dinner in the time frame reflected.

Syrah is hurt (it is almost 17% of my inventoried wines) by making up a lower percentage of daily drinkers, as save for the odd Crozes or St. Joe (or CdR syrah cuvee) that pops up here and there on a special deal, most of the red Rhones I tend to find at daily drinker prices are southern blends.

Bordeaux blends is helped by there being so much tasty everyday drinker Bordeaux out there in addition to the classified growths in the inventoried cellar.

Nebbiolo is hurt (2.5% of consumption here vs over 8% of the inventoried cellar) by rarely (but not never - thanks, Garagiste, for the Ca'Rozzeria Langhe Nebbiolo) being cheap enough to be purchased as a daily drinker, and by the inventoried stuff being too heavily made up of more recent vintages I'm not opening yet.

Zinfandel is hurt by it falling out of favor in my daily drinkers. I don't dislike them, but these days I think I get better bang for my daily drinker-level bucks elsewhere.

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#21 Post by David Glasser » May 28th, 2018, 7:11 pm

Red Bordeaux blend 48%
Riesling 9%
Syrah 8%
Red Rhône blend 8%
Champagne 8%
Cabernet Sauvignon 8%

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#22 Post by Howard Cooper » May 29th, 2018, 5:16 am

Pinot Noir 47.4% [31.4% of consumed bottles]
Riesling 20.5% [20.3%]
Red Bordeaux Blend 7.4% [11.8%]
Chardonnay 6.2% [18.1%]
Cabernet Sauvignon 3.4% [1.9%]
Chenin Blanc 2.2% [2.1%]
Nebbiolo 1.9% [1.9%]
Cabernet Franc 1.7% [0.8%]
Semilion-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 1.3% [1.1%]
Zinfandel 1.3% [0.8%]
Semilion 1.3% [1.1%]

Biggest difference between owned bottles and consumed bottles is I drink my white Burgundies on the younger side because of premox and thus I drink a lot more than I own as a percentage of the whole.
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#23 Post by Drew Goin » May 29th, 2018, 9:08 am

Wow, a lot of y'all are doing a great job in maintaining a diverse collection, instead of hoarding a bunch of one kind (varietal?/region?) of wine!!

I feel ashamed of myself now...

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#24 Post by Ian Sutton » May 29th, 2018, 10:49 am

Drew Goin wrote:Wow, a lot of y'all are doing a great job in maintaining a diverse collection, instead of hoarding a bunch of one kind (varietal?/region?) of wine!!

I feel ashamed of myself now...
I genuinely hope you don't. Knowing what you enjoy and being happy in that place is a lovely place to be. It definitely should not be a competition to have the most diverse cellar, or the trendiest wines.

Palate preference variations are definitely to be celebrated.
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#25 Post by Drew Goin » May 29th, 2018, 11:48 am

I was mostly kidding.

I derive serious joy in tasting the different interpretations of my favorite grape varieties, plus a good number of the bottles I own need additional cellar-time before I can open them.

There will always be a whisper of concern in the back of my mind that I may end up experiencing some dramatic, unforeseen "palate shift" in the future. However, the wines I have are solid stuff (in my opinion), and good wine is good wine. :)

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#26 Post by Mike Evans » May 29th, 2018, 12:01 pm

I have 129 different varieties/blend categories in CT, but here is just the list that represent 1% or more of my current cellar, along with those representing 1.5% or more of my consumption:

Pinot Noir 20.8% (18.3% of consumed bottles)
Syrah 12.9% (7.2%)
Red Bordeaux Blend 7.9% (4.2%)
Chardonnay 5.7% (9.4%)
Cabernet Franc 5.0% (4.2%)
Riesling 4.4% (3.5%)
Red Rhone Blend 4.1% (3.8%)
Cabernet Sauvignon 4.0% (3.2%)
Chenin Blanc 4.0% (7.8%)
Gamay 3.5% (2.1%)
Red Blend 2.2% (2.1%)
Nebbiolo 2.1% (1.0%)
Melon de Bourgogne 1.8% (2.0%)
Mourvedre 1.6% (1.0%)
Zinfandel 1.4% (2.1%)
Sangiovese 1.0% (0.6%)
Champagne Blend 0.8% (1.7%)
Malbec 0.8% (1.6%)
Rosé Blend 0.4% (2.0%)
Mourvedre Blend 0.3% (1.6%)
Others 15.3% (20.6%)
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#27 Post by David Glasser » May 29th, 2018, 12:06 pm

I’m pretty concentrated with almost 90% of my cellar devoted to 6 varieties/blends. I’m impressed with those whose top varieties comprise less than 5% of their cellars.

It’s not so much that I’m not adventurous in tasting, but that I tend to go back to the stuff I like. In effect, though, over time that leaves fewer opportunities to try new things.

If my taste buds and olfactory sense atrophy in my dotage I can always trade in my Bordeaux for Meiomi or whatever the rocket juice du jour happens to be. OTOH, if I suddenly find I can’t live without aged premier or grand cru Burgundy, I’m screwed.

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#28 Post by crickey » May 29th, 2018, 2:01 pm

Limiting the list to over 1%, with some adjustments for odd CT categorizations:

Red Bordeaux Blend: 28.5% (Bordeaux, California, Tuscany and Argentina)
Pinot Noir: 14.9% (Burgundy, California and Oregon, not counting imminent Rhys order)
Red Rhone Blend: 14.5% (S. Rhone, California and Languedoc)
Riesling: 10.5% (Germany and Austria)
Cabernet Sauvignon: 7.8% (California)
Syrah: 5% (N. Rhone, Languedoc, California and Australia)
Chardonnay: 4.5% (California and Burgundy, not including champagne)
Nebbiolo: 3.4% (Piedmont)
Grenache: 2.4% (Spain, as I moved the CNdP wines to Red Rhone)
Tempranillo: 2.0% (Spain)
Sangiovese: 1.4% (Tuscany)
Merlot: 1.1% (California and Tuscany)

The composition changes over time because I am currently aging much of the Bordeaux and pinots (even the US ones), while drinking the Rhone blends, grenache and syrah. Riesling would be a higher percentage if I had better access to it.
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#29 Post by bob poirier » May 29th, 2018, 2:17 pm

CS 36.9 (40.6)
Zin 14.0 (7.1)
Syrah 11.8 (9.2)
Chard 6.8 (8.9)
Red Bdx 6.2 (7.0)
Pinot 4.9 (4.3)

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#30 Post by Bryan Price » May 29th, 2018, 8:43 pm

I've got way too much pinot noir. On second thought, I do NOT have too much pinot noir!

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#31 Post by Jon A-K » May 29th, 2018, 11:18 pm

Pinot Noir 23.7% (8.2% of consumed bottles)
Cabernet Franc 13.7% (9%)
Riesling 10.2% (6.3%)
Gamay 8.5% (8.5%)
Chardonnay 7.3% (4.9%)
Melon de Bourgogne 4.1% (2.1%)
Red Blend 4.1% (8.5%)
Red Rhone Blend 3.2% (3.7%)
Chenin Blanc 2.9% (3.0%)
Syrah 2.9% (3.4%)
Cabernet Sauvignon 2.4% (1.5%)
Port Blend 1.5% (1.7%)
Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 1.2% (0.7%)
White Blend 1.2% (2.4%)
Mourvedre 1.0% (0.9%)
Nebbiolo 1.0% (0.7%)
Red Bordeaux Blend 1.0% (3.6%)
Sauvignon Blanc 1.0% (3.4%)
Savagnin 1.0% (0.6%)
Trousseau 1.0% (0.2%)
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#32 Post by Jeff Vaughan » May 30th, 2018, 6:08 am

Red Bordeaux Blend - 20%
Sangiovese - 18%
Nebbiolo - 13%
Pinot Noir - 12%
Red Rhone - 9%
Chardonnay - 6%

The remaining 22% is spread across 32 other grapes or blends.
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#33 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » May 30th, 2018, 6:25 am

I’m 90% Bordeaux, Northern Rhone and Chinon, split pretty evenly. The remainder is mostly Beaujolais and select Zins.

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#34 Post by Bruce Rudman » May 30th, 2018, 6:33 am

inventory:
Pinot Noir 53.6% Bottles (504) / Pending (12)
Cabernet Sauvignon 27.5% Bottles (247) / Pending (18) /
Red Rhone Blend 4.8% Bottles (46) /
Red Bordeaux Blend 3.6% Bottles (35) /
Chardonnay 3.3% Bottles (32) /
Syrah 1.9% Bottles (18)
Syrah Blend 0.2% Bottles (2)
Sauvignon Blanc 1.0% Bottles (10) /

Consumed (over about a decade):
Pinot Noir 49.1% Consumed (996)
Cabernet Sauvignon 13.7% Consumed (278)
Syrah 8.8% Consumed (178)
Syrah Blend 0.7% Consumed (15)
Chardonnay 3.5% Consumed (71)
Sauvignon Blanc 3.5% Consumed (71)
Zinfandel 3.1% Consumed (62)
Red Bordeaux Blend 2.3% Consumed (47)

Shows my shift in style away from Zin and Syrah to Pinot and Cab....
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#35 Post by Nathan V. » May 30th, 2018, 9:29 am

An interesting exercise as it gives an idea of what I've been consuming versus buying and how that dynamic has changed. I'm also a seller, so rough consumed doesn't work, so I used "Drank" + "Missing" since I drank them but forgot to record it. Like others here, I don't record "House" wines anymore nor does this include wines consumed at restaurants (which accounts for a lot).

Holdings:
Pinot Noir 36.1%
Cabernet Franc 13.8%
Nebbiolo 12.2%
Syrah 10.4%
Gamay 6.3%
Chardonnay 5.8%
Chenin Blanc 2.4%
Red Rhone Blend 2.3%
Mourvedre 1.0%
Cabernet Sauvignon 1.0%

Consumption 2017
Pinot Noir 16.4%
Cabernet Franc 16.0%
Chardonnay 13.1%
Nebbiolo 10.9%
Gamay 9.5%
Syrah 6.5%
Chenin Blanc 6.2%
Riesling 4.7%
Melon de Bourgogne 3.6%
Red Bordeaux Blend 2.5%

Consumption ~10 years
Pinot Noir 15.0%
Cabernet Franc 12.6%
Chardonnay 9.6%
Gamay 7.9%
Nebbiolo 7.1%
Melon de Bourgogne 5.8%
Syrah 5.8%
Chenin Blanc 5.6%
Riesling 5.2%
Red Rhone Blend 4.2%

Riesling is in my top 10 of consumption in 2017 and all time yet not in my current inventory. This relates directly to my preference for youngish riesling. I buy very few to cellar these days and they are almost exclusively Austrian but we always have a good supply for the House.

The same is true of Muscadet (melon), which is another wine I've determined that I mostly like youngish although we also aren't drinking as much as we used to and don't buy that much for the House.

Chardonnay consumption is more than my holdings (and under reported due to House wine) because of premox and other reasons. I'm not cellaring as much chardonnay these days.

I drink very little cabernet sauvignon, but cellar some. Same for Bandol (mourvedre).

I drink more chenin blanc than I cellar. That might be a mistake but I was burned by some premoxed Huet, but I've been buying more the last year.

Pinot noir consumption is way lower than cellar holdings, this has mainly been due to loading up on Burgundy the last few years in anticipation of being priced out of everything very soon.

Nebbiolo consumption is trending up probably because of Alto Piemonte. We also drink a lot of House wines from the Alto Piemonte.

Sangiovese doesn't show up at all, but we drink a fair amount as House wine but I cellar very little. That's something I'm going to look to change.

Champagne is similar to sangiovese. I don't cellar very much, but we consume it regulalrly and always have a House supply.
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#36 Post by Paul Miller » May 30th, 2018, 9:34 am

Pinot Noir was only 24%. I thought it would be higher.

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#37 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » May 30th, 2018, 12:01 pm

only listing varieties clocking-in at 2% or more:

Cellar Holdings
Pinot Noir 30.2%
Malt (Beer) 10.1%
Syrah 9.7%
Red Bordeaux Blend 7.1%
Riesling 7.1%
Red Rhone Blend (mostly CdP) 6.2%
Cabernet Sauvignon 5.3%
Chardonnay 4.8%
Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (Sauternes) 3.2%
Chenin Blanc 2.1%
Cabernet Franc 2.0%

2017 Consumption
Pinot Noir 19.0%
Malt 13.2%
Chardonnay 7.5%
Red Bordeaux Blend 7.5%
Riesling 7.5%
Syrah 5.2%
Melon de Bourgogne 5.2%
Red Rhone Blend 4.6%
Cabernet Sauvignon 4.0%
Sauvignon Blanc 3.4%
Champagne Blend 2.3%
Mourvedre 2.3%

Total Consumption (past decade)
Pinot Noir 11.4%
Malt 11.2%
Syrah 10.2%
Red Rhone Blend 9.7%
Riesling 5.9%
Chardonnay 5.3%
Red Bordeaux Blend 4.3%
Grenache 3.6%
Cabernet Sauvignon 3.1%
Sauvignon Blanc 3.1%
Red Blend 2.9%
Mourvedre 2.9%
Zinfandel 2.6%
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#38 Post by Corey N. » May 30th, 2018, 12:18 pm

Understanding that my CT is off:

Pinot Noir 33.3%
Riesling 20.0%
Syrah 9.6%
Cabernet Sauvignon 4.4%
Red Blend 3.7%

I'm slowly reducing the percentage of Pinot Noir that I own, while increasing the amount of Syrah in my cellar. Next year I would like my top 3 to be close to 25%/20%/15%.
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#39 Post by crickey » May 30th, 2018, 12:24 pm

For "malt," do people mean beer or whisky and bourbon? If beer, my holding would be low, as I don't really cellar beer, but my consumption would be over 50%.
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#40 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » May 30th, 2018, 6:47 pm

Chris,
For me it's almost all beer. I do have a couple bottles of whiskey in CT, but I'm not going to continue with that. The beer is all age-worthy stuff (mostly heavy darks, and sours).
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#41 Post by Bill Buitenhuys » May 31st, 2018, 8:04 am

First one with Gamay at the top.
Followed by Chenin blanc and Riesling.
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#42 Post by Billbell » June 1st, 2018, 1:35 pm

21.6 pct Riesling
14.2 pct Nebbiolo
13.9 pct Tempranillo (almost all traditional Rioja)
6.7 pct Cab Franc
5.7 pct Melon de Bourgogne
4.5 pct Chardonnay (mostly chablis and champagne)
4.4 pct Chenin Blanc
4.4 pct Pinot Noir
2.9 pct Sangiovese
2.7 pct Syrah
1.9 pct Semillon-Sauvignon (Sauternes)
1.7 pct Sauvignon Blanc
1.6 pct Red Bordeaux blend
1.4 pct Red Rhone blends
0.9 pct Gewurztraminer
11.5 pct of my cellar are varieties under 0.9 pct...I have a ton of offbeat stuff that I try.

We eat a LOT of Thai, Vietnamese, Indian, and Sichuan food which explains the riesling, plus I prefer it with lots of age, and it is a mindblowing grape.
I love old traditional nebbiolo and I think I'm young enough to drink all of this. I buy very little at current prices.
I went overboard on tempranillo during the early stages of my wine buying...thank goodness it ages forever and is inexpensive.
Melon de Bourgogne - this is a calculated risk that some of these bottles will be excellent with age, high potential return at a low price and we eat lots of shellfish.
I probably should have more Chenin given how much I love it and how consistently it ages.

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#43 Post by Andrew A r n t f i e l d » June 1st, 2018, 1:49 pm

Looks like my interests might be a little more diverse than most, with nothing over 12.5%.

Here's the list of everything that clocks in at greater than 1%.

Red Bordeaux Blend: 12.5%
Sangiovese: 11.4%
Chardonnay: 11.2%
Nebbiolo: 11.1%
Cabernet Sauvignon: 9.6%
Pinot Noir: 8.6%
Tempranillo: 5.6%
Champagne Blend: 2.8%
Merlot: 2.6%
Riesling: 2.4%
Syrah: 2.0%
Cabernet Franc: 1.7%
Nerello Mascalese: 1.6%
SuperTuscan Blend: 1.4%
White Blend: 1.3%

I have a total of 59 varietals in my cellar, and most comprise less than 1% of my cellar. But with 1,400 bottles, that still means that I've got a 12 pack or so of many of those varietals.
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#44 Post by Rob M » June 1st, 2018, 1:52 pm

I'm extremely concentrated, and imagine I will always be so.

Nebbiolo: 67%
Cabernet Sauvignon + Bordeaux Blend: 9%
Sangiovese: 6%
Riesling: 5%
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#45 Post by Peter Papay » June 1st, 2018, 5:53 pm

I will play along as well.

Sangiovese 14.6%
Riesling 11.3%
Chardonnay 9.1%
Red Bordeaux Blend 6.7%
Red Rhone Blend 6.7%
Nebbiolo 5.4%
Syrah 4.8%
Pinot Noir 4.7%
Cabernet Sauvignon 3.5%
Red Blend 2.8%
Tempranillo 2.6%
SuperTuscan Blend 2.3%
Port Blend 1.9%
Grüner Veltliner 1.6%
Gamay 1.5%
Malbec 1.3%
Champagne Blend 1.1%
Grenache 1.1%

The remaining 62 varietals (80 in total) make each less then 1%. I did not include any of the Belgium beers I am aging.

My consumption reflects my diversity. I drank over the the past two years about 55 varietals, with Riesling 7.5% and Bordeaux 7.5% taking the lead. I do expect to narrow my spectrum in the future but am also eager to continue my exploration.

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#46 Post by Gray G » June 2nd, 2018, 7:36 am

It would be more interesting to see the breakdowns by brands in addition to the percentages of grape type

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#47 Post by Ian Sutton » June 2nd, 2018, 8:36 am

Gray G wrote:It would be more interesting to see the breakdowns by brands in addition to the percentages of grape type

every wine is so different

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Certainly plenty of variation from the same grape, same clone/rootstock etc of the same grape and also within the same country / region.

I wonder whether your thought would be most practical by taking a single grape variety and asking people to say who/what they buy.

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#48 Post by Craig G » June 3rd, 2018, 1:00 am

Cellar:
Pinot Noir 39.5%
Red Bordeaux Blend 22.9%
Red Rhône Blend 8.2%
Chardonnay 7.7%
Syrah 7.0%
Cabernet Sauvignon 1.9%
Zinfandel 1.7%
Riesling 1.6%

Consumption:
Pinot Noir 33.8%
Red Bordeaux Blend 16.5%
Chardonnay 16.5%
Red Rhône Blend 10.2%
Syrah 6.4%
Champagne Blend 3.3%
Zinfandel 3.3%
Cabernet Sauvignon 1.9%
Riesling 1.9%
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#49 Post by Otto Forsberg » June 3rd, 2018, 1:05 am

According to CT, I have currently 107 different varieties / blends in my cellar. Here's a list of varieties that make at least 1% (5 bottles) of the total stock:

Malt (beer) 13,4% (66 bottles)
Nebbiolo 7,5% (33 + 4 pending)
Riesling 7,5% (37)
Red Blend 4,1% (20) - here are also some varietal wines from varieties that don't exist in the CT database
Syrah 3,1% (11 + 4 pending)
Pinot Noir 2,9% (14)
Gamay 2,9% (14)
White Blend 2,4% (12) - here are also some varietal wines from varieties that don't exist in the CT database
Champagne Blend 2,2% (11)
Chardonnay 2,2% (11)
Red Bordeaux Blend 2,2% (11)
Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 2,0% (10)
Sagrantino 1,8% (9)
Sangiovese 1,6% (8)
Port Blend 1,6% (8)
Corvina blend 1,6% (8)
Juhfark 1,6% (8)
Chenin Blanc 1,4% (7)
Pinot Gris 1,4% (6 + 1)
Sémillon 1,4% (7)
Zinfandel 1,2% (6)
Verdicchio 1,2% (6)
Mourvedre 1,2% (6)
Furmint 1,2% (6)
Grüner Veltliner 1,0% (5)
Cabernet Sauvignon 1,0% (5)
Koshu 1,0% (5)
Aglianico 1,0% (5)
Assyrtiko 1,0% (5)
Muscat 1,0% (5)
Red Rhone Blend 1,0% (5)
Tempranillo 1,0% (5)
Timorasso 1,0% (5)

Consumption from my personal cellar is 177 different varieties or blends, but as most of them are just 1-2 bottles, the ones that make up at least 1% are much fewer:

Malt (beer) 32,9% (477)
White Blend 3,8% (55)
Red Blend 3,7% (53)
Riesling 3,4% (50)
Pinot Noir 3,1% (45)
Syrah 2,7% (39)
Chardonnay 2,1% (31)
Tempranillo 2,1% (30)
Champagne Blend 2,0% (29)
Apple (cider) 1,9% (28)
Nebbiolo 1,8% (26)
Port Blend 1,4% (21)
Macabeo-Xarel-lo-Parellada Blend 1,4% (20)
Carignan 1,4% (20)
Rosé Blend 1,3% (19) /
Corvina blend 1,2% (18)
Red Rhone Blend 1,2% (17)
Red Bordeaux Blend 1,1% (16)
Cabernet Franc 1,1% (16)
Grenache 1,0% (15)
Sauvignon Blanc 1,0% (15)
Sangiovese 1,0% (15)
Mourvedre 1,0% (15)

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#50 Post by PCLIN » June 3rd, 2018, 2:08 am

Pinot Noir 50%
Red Bordeaux Blend 30%
Riesling 8%
Syrah 7%
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