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Old 01-12-2015, 07:05 PM   #41
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We have a wide range of wine at home amongst the eight cases in storage, from under $10 to ~$75 at the high end. I think there's sometimes a marked difference between the $8 bottle and the $15, but between $15 and $35? Not usually. We aim for the sweet spot, and when we find the $8 bottle that drinks like a $20+, we stock up.
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I'm enjoying this thread. Most of the wine we drink is in the $6 to $9 range. But now I'm wondering if we are missing something. So I'm going to step it up into the big time $10 to $15 range.

We live in wine country (Sonoma County) and have a wine cellar which holds 100 cases. That was done by the original owner of our house. We've gone to many wineries to do oil painting out in the vineyards. Wonderful way to enjoy wineries. Best to do a tasting afterwords as the painting gets worse with the boose.
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Old 01-12-2015, 07:14 PM   #42
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Why wine? Because nothing enhances the experience of a good meal like a bottle of wine. The young wife is a fantastic cook, and we have a kitchen that allows her to exercise the full range of her talents. Every night, we set the formal dining room table, eat great food and drink a good bottle of wine. We play a little background music on the stereo and just talk to each other. It is one of the joys of our life together.

I generally buy wines in the $15-25 per bottle range - a little more for the reds, a little less for the whites. For a special occasion, we'll go for something more expensive. We almost certainly spend more on food and wine than most here. But the whole reason we worked and saved so hard was to be able to enjoy life. We can afford it, and if we ever have to cut back financially, there are many other things I would prefer to scrimp on.
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Gumby, you sound like you are having lots of fun with the wine and food. But a bottle a night is a lot of calories. Maybe not so good for one's health?

I try to keep it to one glass (sometimes a large glass) per night. Unfortunately it seems that glass gets emptied all too soon.
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My father-in-law knew a good bit about wines and food. He inculcated his enthusiasm in my wife, who has kept us in good spirits, so to speak. We have wine with over half of our meals (doesn't go well with Cheerios...), all red because we like that over white. Tonight we had a bottle of 2011 Rothschilds Bordeaux (sounds more expensive that it was) with our Panera sandwich-n-soup - nice.

We like to cruise, and we did Celebrity's inaugural wine cruise out of Southampton a few years ago. We hit every French, Spanish, and Portuguese port on the Atlantic from which you could reach wineries, really neat. Bordeaux and Cognac in France, La Guardia in Spain (Bai Gorri - winery looked like something out of a James Bond movie), Duroro Valley (port wines) in Portugal. Learned a lot about wine production, and drank some good wines. We brought back some wines we couldn't get in the States...

I'm still w*rking, so we're enjoying this while we can. Even then, we will be able to drink in the $15-30/bottle range on the retirement budget. And what we've found is that there's a lot of really good wine in that price range...
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a bottle a night is a lot of calories. (
Yes, it is. About 300 calories for each of us. That's why, when we want to lose some weight, we have to stop drinking wine for a bit.
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I have tried for years to like wine. And I have many friends who like it. I just don't like it very much. I don't understand the appeal or how/why it enhances the food experience for many, but I happily accept the fact that different people have different tastes. After all, I relish my black coffee everyday . . .
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I enjoy wine occasionally, I do not understand "the art" of wine drinking, but I respect it. I do personally, however, have 3 strict requirements when drinking it. 1) Riesling or Vignoles 2) under $12 ($20 restaurant) with minimum 12% kick to it 3) Drink it all before dinner is ordered or served.


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I have tried for years to like wine. And I have many friends who like it. I just don't like it very much. I don't understand the appeal or how/why it enhances the food experience for many, but I happily accept the fact that different people have different tastes. After all, I relish my black coffee everyday . . .
I understand that in terms of health benefits (if any) one glass of wine or the equivalent in beer is just as good.

I love coffee too, strong black with a bit of sugar.
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I love wine. One of my favorite indulgences. I am dieting now and need to lose weight. Haven't had a glass in 3weeks and I lost 12 pounds. Perhaps I need to cut back on the wine?


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I love wine. One of my favorite indulgences. I am dieting now and need to lose weight. Haven't had a glass in 3weeks and I lost 12 pounds. Perhaps I need to cut back on the wine?


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Now that is going too far! When her patients/co-workers ask about her workouts, DW says "I run for Wine and Chocolate." :-)
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I love wine. One of my favorite indulgences. I am dieting now and need to lose weight. Haven't had a glass in 3weeks and I lost 12 pounds. Perhaps I need to cut back on the wine?

Never! I've lost 35 pounds over the past year and didn't cut back on wine.


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I lost 40 lbs in 2013-2014, and added a glass of my favorite wine to my diet. I cut out almost all sugar, so I am drinking some pretty dry reds.
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+ 1000. If I had wanted to live as absolutely cheaply as possible, I would have just tried welfare right out of highschool instead of bothering with study and work for years. I want to live as cheaply as I need to, and no more cheaply than that. Because in general, more money brings more quality, or convenience, or style or something that many people want.

Else, it would not cost more. Unless one is unusually narcissistic, he realizes that overall his judgments are not likely to be way better than others'.

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I'm enjoying this thread. Most of the wine we drink is in the $6 to $9 range. But now I'm wondering if we are missing something. So I'm going to step it up into the big time $10 to $15 range.

We live in wine country (Sonoma County) and have a wine cellar which holds 100 cases. That was done by the original owner of our house. We've gone to many wineries to do oil painting out in the vineyards. Wonderful way to enjoy wineries. Best to do a tasting afterwords as the painting gets worse with the boose.
The best way to find out if you are missing anything is to visit wineries and sample what they are offering. Only then can you decide whether it's worth paying more.
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Costco has really helped me maintain my wine habit.
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The best way to find out if you are missing anything is to visit wineries and sample what they are offering. Only then can you decide whether it's worth paying more.
Some of the wineries we've visited in the past had bottles starting at maybe $25. I really don't want to go there. I buy our wines at Safeway which has such a good selection that I get lost trying to find what I'm familiar with.
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Costco has really helped me maintain my wine habit.
Exactly. I am a member of a local winery. Even with member discount, I can save 40% more by buying the same bottle of wine from Costco.

Last year, we had a $30 bottle of wine in a cruise ship to Alaska. DW and I instantly liked it. After the cruse. we found that Costco was selling the same wine at $6/bottle, $4 with a coupon once.

I drink wine b/c of Costco.
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The best way to find out if you are missing anything is to visit wineries and sample what they are offering. Only then can you decide whether it's worth paying more.
We actually counsel young "beginners" to not do this (when they broach the topic). "Find wines you like at a current comfortable price point, and don't venture up the price ladder." Hedonic adaptation is a dangerous/pricey thing in this area; lord knows we've "suffered" from it.
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