The main theme is that Im trying to be more of a wine drinker and less a wine “Collector”. Not that I was ever much of a collector but I sold a bunch and am giving myself permission to drink wines that are a bit younger.
Also, less cote d’or and more of certain producers from Beaujolais.
Buy more of what I truly enjoy, not just to keep a spot on an allocation list. This forum and others have helped me see that through places like winebid and others, you can always find those hard to find labels.
Experiment with more white and more regions of the world.
Would like to find some Chicago area folks to form a Zraly’s “Complete Wine Course” book / tasting club and do a chapter or so each month.
NO NEW PRODUCERS. Focus on the allocations I have and even those, start cutting (bye bye Barthod I am afraid). What the heck am I buying Chateau de la Tour for??? Because the hommage thing is rare? Stupid.
Figure out a number of bottles to buy per annum, and buy that many - give or take.
No more hunting all over the world for bottles - I am driving the people that bring the wines in for me NUTS…just buy from people with FDA Registration Numbers.
I am driving them nuts with the no FDA registration purchases…probably won’t stop though!
Will, you 'rents are my “mentors” for this. I have passed on too many pieces in the past that I now REALLY REALLY regret. A commissioned Jose Parla was <10k when I first inquired…now they are much much more. I foolishly passed on a Sugimoto photo too and now will have to sit back and watch the prices fly.
One last one is NO (or next to NO) secondary market purchases. I won’t pay those prices (eg I will buy 09 Rousseau for “normal” prices, but I am not touching CSJ or the big boys at w-s prices).
I think I will have some success this year. 2011 and 2012 burgs coming onto the market are not going to appeal as much as the 09 and 10’s. Run out of cellar space is another incentive to slow down. Perhaps I will drink less, not as robust as I would like to be…
I will be dropping off several list, and seriously reducing my buying from others. We simply buy way more wine than we will ever drink, and I seem to drink my fair share. I have almost run out of storage in a little more than a year, and I dont want to buy more storage.
Also stop buying larger quantities off my list. I have purchased 6 of a bottle only to find out we really didnt like it.
Shop more locally, I hardly even know the local wine stores as almost everything I buy comes from a list, or online. There are two fairly decent ones here and a total wine.
Investigate cheaper bottles to find more everyday drinkers.
Attempt to taste as many Burgundy producer’s entire lineup to better identify the producer’s signature vs terroir. I feel like this is something I struggle with, and the only way to gain the knowledge is to taste with more breadth.
Backfill with more mature bottles so I can keep my hands off newer releases. This goes hand in hand with building a balanced cellar so I can drink most things when they are ready and not because it’s all I have available.
Find a tasting group in Houston that would take on a new member or start a tasting group.