Embrace your cellar diversity

France 71% (Burgundy 53%, Bordeaux (8%), Champagne (3%) and Loire (3%))
Germany 20%
US 7%
Italy 2%

Consumption since I started using CellarTracker:

France 68% (Burgundy 46%, Bordeaux 10%, Champagne 5%, Loire 4%)
Germany 19%
US 8%
Italy 4%

So, holdings and consumption are not far off from each other. Surprised consumption of German wines is not higher.

Chris,

Most of us use CellarTracker. You should try it - I put my wines into CellarTracker when I got insurance for my cellar. I assume most of your French wines are from Bordeaux and Champagne with enough Burgs to bring to our dinners?

I’ll play:

France 51.5%
USA 34.5%
Italy 5.8%
Germany 4.0%
Spain 1.6%
Austria 1.3%
Portugal 0.6%
Australia 0.3%
New Zealand 0.2%
Lebanon 0.1%
Argentina 0.0% (1 bottle)
Chile 0.0% (1 bottle)

US 56.4%
France 35.3%
Italy 3.1%
Aus 1.7%
Port 1.1%
Everywhere else <1%

I have really curtailed my wine purchases so things will likely not change too much. Since I like aged wines and am 70 years old I buy no Bordeaux, Cab, Burgundy, port, stickies and have cut way back on Syrah and Zin. The only things I am buying more of these days are vintage champagne and Rhone White daily drinkers.

USA - California: 44.6%
USA - Washington: 5.8%
USA - Oregon: 3.8%

Italy: 27.1% (tons of Felsina and Fontodi)
France: 10.5% (mostly Bordeaux)
Australia: 2.3%
Germany: 2.0% (excludes the many 2019s that I haven’t received yet)
Spain: 1.5%
Portugal: 0.9%
Others: 1.5%

Howard, to be more specific about France, about half of mine are Bordeaux, about 20 percent Burgundy, about 15 percent Champagne, 10 percent Rhône with the remainder Alsatian, Province and Roussillon.

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This is the key. I am much more diverse by region than by country. Excluding daily drinkers (which would certainly change the numbers (Chianti and Spain would be much higher and Burgundy and N. Rhône lower for example), but I don’t inventory them):

French Red - 46.9%
Bordeaux 10.6%
Burgundy 11%
N. Rhône 12.6%
S. Rhône 9.5%
Other France (mostly Bandol) 3.2%

California Red - 13.9%
Bdx varieties 6.3%
Zin & blends 3.7%
Other reds (mostly Rhônish) 3.9%

Italy Red - 17.2%
Piedmont 8.1%
Montalcino 3.5%
Chianti 2.1%
Other Tuscany 1%
Other Italy (mostly Campania) 2.5%

Australia Red 0.1%

Spain Red (mostly Rioja and Bierzo) 3%

Lebanon Red (the only country with only one producer represented) 0.6%

Whites ex bubbles and dessert - 8.9%
(Mostly German riesling, Chablis, and Loire Chenin)

Champagne 1.2%

Port 3.6%

Dessert ex Port (Mostly France, some Germany, smattering of others) 4.5%

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Yep - just did this and was surprised by how little Italian I have, now reading up on Italy and Spain to determine what to add to the cellar…

USA 47.6%
France 35.7%
Italy 6.4%
Australia 4.5%
New Zealand 1.5%
South Africa 1.5%
Spain 1.3%

Or you could first address the glaring error of total lack of German wine! :wink:

interesting! ive never run this report before.

USA 39%
France 31%
Italy 24%
Germany 5%

I’m actually surprised that France is before Italy. My Italian shelf seems so full. But then again Italy has one shelf in the cellar and France has a Burgundy shelf and a Bordeaux shelf. lol

USA is no surprise. Thats mostly Bedrock and Oregon Pinot made by Berserkers.

You have seen the light!

I would have guessed you to be a bit higher on German. I bet your consumption pattern is different.

France 48.7%
Italy 17.6%
USA 15.4%
Germany 9.2%
Australia 2.8%
Portugal 1.7 %
Canada 1.5%
Spain 1.5 %
South Africa 0.3%
NZ 0.3%
Austria 0.2%
Switzerland 0.2%
Argentina 0.1%
Hungary 0.1%
1 or 2 bottles from a few other countries.

This was a fun exercise. A little inaccurate 'cause I don’t have stock of my out-of-country holdings, but out of 450 bottles:

France: 51.1%
US: 23.8%
Italy: 9.8%
Canada: 7.1% (there walks the patriot)
Germany: 3.3% (anyone who knew me 6 years ago would be shocked at this high a percentage)
New Zealand: 2.9%
Austria: 2.4%
Spain: 2.2%
Australia: 1.8%
Portugal: 1.6%

I have one bottle from South Africa currently cellared and 2 bottles from Argentina

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What’s interesting is my consumption in 2020 nearly matches my holdings.

France: 66.4% (62.4% of my consumption in 2020)
USA: 14.6% (18.9% 2020 consumption)
Italy: 11.9% (12.5% 2020 consumption)
Spain: 3.7% (3.7% 2020 consumption)
Portugal 2.7% (1.4% 2020 consumption)
Germany 0.2% (0.5% 2020 consumption)
South Africa, Switzerland, Austria, Australia and Canada: all 0.1%

For regions:

Champagne: 28.9% (and rising) (22.7% 2020 consumption)
Burgundy: 17.8% (18.1% 2020 consumption)
California: 12.4% (15.8% 2020 consumption)
Piedmont: 7.6% (5.3% 2020 consumption)
Rhone: 6.9% (5.6% 2020 consumption)
Bordeaux: 6.8% (6.5% 2020 consumption)
Loire: 4.3% (7.9% 2020 consumption)
La Rioja: 3.4% (3.3% 2020 consumption)
Tuscany: 2.7%
Duoro: 2.6%
Oregon: 1.5% (Increasing since I discovered Kelley Fox Wines)

What’s interesting is my consumption in 2020 nearly matches my holdings.

What I own
Italy 41.8% (Tuscany 19.9% [Brunello 8.9%, Chianti 1.6%, Bolgheri 1.4%…], Piedmont 13.8% [Barolo 7.1%, Barbaresco 3.9%…], Veneto 4.2%, Puglia 2.1%…)
France 26.2% (Rhone 12.1%, Bordeaux 10.5%…)
Spain 18.6% (Rioja 9.2%, Castilla Y Leon 6.0% [3.8% Ribera del Duero, 1.7% Bierzo…], Valencia 1.2%…)
USA 4.0%
Argentina 3.8%
Portugal 3.3%
Australia 1.6%
Germany 0.4%
Chile 0.3%

red - 90%
white - 10% (over 95% of this white is Sauternes & Barsac)

What I drank in 2020
Italy 40.8%
Spain 25.6%
France 20.9%
Argentina 4.4%
Portugal 3.8%
USA 2.8%
Australia 0.6%
Lebanon 0.6%
Chile 0.3%

Even though France dominates here by over a half, this is still one of the very few lists that actually shows some real diversity, IMO!

Haven’t looked at this in years. Turns out to be:

Argentina 0.3%
Australia 5%
Canada 16.8%
Chile 0.6%
France 39%
Germany 2%
Italy 20%
Portugal 4%
South Africa 1.8%
Spain 3.3%
USA 7%

Here’s mine.
I included average vintage as a crude proxy for trend over time, though confounded by need for age.

France 38.4%/ Average vintage 2006.7
Germany 26.9% / Average vintage 2008.4
Italy 15.1% / Average vintage 2008.2
Portugal 6.0% / Average vintage 1986.0
USA 5.0% / Average vintage 2010.3
Spain 4.1% / Average vintage 2006.5
Austria 1.4% /Average vintage 2007.3
Australia 0.9% / Average vintage 2001.1
New Zealand 0.9% / Average vintage 2013.3
Hungary 0.5% / Average vintage 2002.1
South Africa 0.4% / Average vintage 2009.3
Argentina 0.2% / Average vintage 2009.8
Lebanon 0.2% / Average vintage 2007.0

Interesting to reflect on as well as curiosity of others cellars!

Italy 43.3% (heavy on Piemonte/nebbiolo followed by Friuli, some Tuscan and Sardinia wines)
France 25.3% (mostly Burgundy but also Loire and N. Rhone)
Germany 25,3% (Close to half Baden wine, and thereafter Mosel by quite some length and minor Pfalz).
Croatia 9.5% (Plavac Mali, Grk and some Babic + varied mix from a bit all over in minor quantities)
Greece 2.7% (almost exclusively Xinomavro)
Slovenia 2.4% (Brda mostly but a also a few Refosk from Istria and wines from north east Slovenia)
South Africa 1.3%
Rest Other (Spain, Portugal, Austria, Bosnia Herzegovina)

In general quite happy about the above with the consumption over the year with perhaps less French wines than expected.