I picked 1,000 to 1,249. I’m 46 now and have about 500 bottles. I would have more, but I have maxed out my present storage space. I have about 100 bottles in an off-site storage facility. My intention is to double or triple my present storage space, fill it up, and then gradually reduce my buying so that, about 10 years from now, I am drinking a little bit more than I buy.
Of course, 10 years from now I’ll probably still be interested in finding good deals on interesting wine. Accordingly, I will probably still buy a lot more than I drink. I will probably decide I really need 2,500 bottles so my descendants can inherit some of it. At that point, I will revive this thread and vote again.
I have around 550 right now and that’s really more than I need. I woud easily trade 200 of those for 50 bottles of wines that are more in my wheelhouse now. After lowering my purchases last year I somehow have purchased more this year. My plan going forward is to only purchase from 2 mailing lists and buy a random few bottles here and there.
Hmmmm…have already leaped that threshold a time or two. Every time I swear, “I’ll never go past XXX bottles”, I blow thru that limit in short order. I really hope I can at least level-out and keep consumption in balance with purchases.
I am heading from 750 last year down to 650 this year with a goal of under 500 in two years. Presently we drink 360+/yr and buy 260+. With a 2/1 drink buy ratio and 2/1 daily to age worthy, the cellar should maintain a good balance. I could reduce the daily buying to zero to reach the goal sooner, but that’s not likely because of white and rosé purchases and those inevitable deals too good to pass up. Then there is Berserker Day.
Way to many! Got carried away when I got hooked on the habit. I’ve been selling some (Bordeaux) but find myself buying from other French & Italian regions. Will definitely have to sell some Burgundy GCs in the future as it becomes difficult rationalizing consuming $200+ bottles on a weekly basis.
Fortunately I have been able to sell at a profit overall and intend to increase the number of premier cru & villages/normale bottles rather than grand cru type wines given rising costs of Burgundy/Rhone/Piedmont and age limitations…I don’t plan on leaving a cellar to someone.