Of course I would say no, but She-who-who-must-be-obeyed has the idea that I have more than enough wine to last us out. Happened to be at the doctor recently and asked him what typical lifespan these days was, barring any disease or accident. and he said that there was no problem with people living to around the age of 90 if they are otherwise in good health.
If your helpful spouse ever suggests that you might want to stop buying wine, just take the number of bottles you have and divide by the number of bottles you (meaning your household including guests) drink in a year. Then you can tell her that 'We will run out of wine in X years if I never buy a single bottle starting now".
Even my conservative spouse allowed as how she might still be getting thirsty when that date came around (I’m good for a bit better than a decade with what is on hand now, if I don’t change consumption rate).
My guess is, as we age, the number of bottles our household drinks in a year will decrease - age being what it is.
However, even if it doesn’t I’m afraid I’m already over the limit.
But I have heirs and friends who like wine so my demise will likely be their boon - in a manner of speaking.
I am 84 years old. I don’t understand the question. How could I ever have to much wine. I have over a thousand bottles. Is that any reason I would not buy a great bottle of wine that I just saw online? The above has nothing to do with my addiction.
Everyone seems to have the wrong focus when this question is asked. For me, the value of having a wine cellar is to have a wide selection of wines of various ages, that I have selected as worthwhile wines to drink. I want to be able to figure out what’s for dinner, then drop down and select a wine that will work well (or reverse the order). Or if someone is having a tasting or dinner, be able to pick something out of my stash that will fit in with what others are bringing. I want to be able to do this now, and will in 10 years, and in 20 years as well (I’m 68 now). Who cares if there’s wine left over when I’m gone–I have absolutely zero concern about that issue. Do I buy differently as I age? Sure, but that’s a different question.
I think that the ladies look at it much differently than we do. My attitude is like many here - I want to have enough choices in the cellar to suit any situation. If there is wine left in the cellar when I pop my last cork, who cares - my friends can enjoy it
I expect that the ladies, who by and large don’t share in our hobby with the same intensity, have a different view - probably that it isn’t a horde of valuable (in terms of intellectual stimulation and money) stuff but that it is a bunch of ‘stuff’ that represents excess clutter (this despite the fact that many women also accumulate their own ‘collections’ of things that we may view as having little inherent value).
I have a friend that stopped too soon - he shared many lovely bottles with me over the years but he has a few decades on me and ceased wine buying because he figured that he wouldn’t need it as he wouldn’t be around long enough to enjoy it. He was wrong - he is in his mid 90s today and still comes by to enjoy a glass with me sometimes but wishes that he’d kept on buying - he just didn’t figure he’d ever live as long as he has.
I have had similar discussions with the distaff side on about just how many sports cars one man needs, how many antique clocks, how many audio systems and music one needs, but that’s a different kettle of opinions.
Quite true - there are very keen women on this board who are wine collectors and I know a couple personally in my area. I was not meaning to be exclusionary, but the majority of wine nuts seem to be men just as the vast majority of car nuts are.
There are other areas of interest where the numbers are much closer to equal (antiques for instance, or music) and other areas where the men are present but in lesser numbers. What all those are could be the subject of an entertaining separate thread.
I found that behind (beside) every great male wine nut is a female wine nut. They just have better things to do than hang out on this board all the time. And having collected a cellar in two different marriages, neither wife ever considered wine to be stuff or clutter.