I´m not a very regular writer, but read thru most of the posting here.
Quite often there are reports about private offlines or dinners with a broad, high class and very expensive wine selection, be it in some restaurants in the States, Canada, GB, Aussie, Scandinavia, or during a trip in wine regions - France or wherever.
Please do not misunderstand me, I´m far from envious or jealous, I have quite a good living, spend a lot of money for buying wine, I go to top class restaurants too now and then, participate in wine tastings wherever possible, spending good money for fine wines, but I cannot spend for instance a whole week visiting expensive restaurants every evening, drink the Grand Crus from rare producers on the list up and down (even when sharing with friends) when the bill must be in the thousands of $ or € — certainly with heavy restaurant markups threefold+ of retail.
My question is simply: HOW DO YOU DO THIS?
Are most bottles BYO and you pay the fees? Or are you such a huge crowd that a bottle is shared between 15 guys?
Or are there special contacts for bargain offers? Or are you simply so wealthy that it doesn´t matter?
Or what is it?
I´m just curious.