Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Checking my Stats

When I was thinking about splurging on wine, I also started wondering about my overall drinking habits. I know what I've been drinking lately, but what about over the past two years? I understand that the stats can be misleading - if I went through a case of one particular wine because I got a great deal, well that will skew things. But if I look at the top 10 producers, red and white, it should be interesting to see the trends and a random case should be seen for what it is.

White Wine:

Domaine du Closel, Savennieres - 20 bottles
Domaine de la Pepiere, Muscadet - 14 bottles
François Cazin, Cheverny & Cour-Cheverny - 10 bottles
Domaine des Cassagnoles,
Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne - 9 bottles
Domaine des Aubuisieres, Vouvray - 7 bottles
Le Bourcier,
Mâconnais - 6 bottles
François Chidaine, Montlouis sur Loire - 6 bottles
i Clivi, Friuli - 6 bottles
Jean Manciat,
Mâconnais - 6 bottles
Domaine du Salvard, Cheverny - 6 bottles

As expected, mostly Loire Valley wines. Nothing too random here, except for maybe the Cassagnoles. That was last summer's value special, and I drank a lot of it. I like the fact that I drink almost a bottle a month of Closel Savennieres. And I didn't realize that I've gone through a half case of i Clivi wine - I grabbed a few of the 1999's a while ago and have been drinking them steadily. Aside from Baumard and Foreau, this is actually somewhat representative of what I have sleeping in the cellar too.

Red Wine:

St Innocent, Oregon - 20 bottles
Adelsheim, Oregon - 14 bottles
Bernard Baudry, Chinon - 11 bottles
Clos de Tue-Boeuf - 11 bottles
Domaine du Vissoux, Beaujolais - 11 bottles
Montevertine, Tuscany - 11 bottles
Domaine des Roches Neuves, Saumur-Champigny - 11 bottles
âteau du Hureau, Saumur-Champigny - 10 bottles
Domaine Voillot, Volnay - 10 bottles
Terres Dor
ées, Beaujolais - 9 bottles

The high numbers on St Innocent and Adelsheim represent me "cleaning out" my cellar. Not that I don't enjoy the wines, because I definitely do. But I decided that I wanted to devote my limited space to aging other wines. I still have wines by these producers sleeping, but not as many as I used to.

Montevertine - who knew? I didn't realize I drank so much Pian del Ciampolo over the past few years, but the wine is always so tasty. And the Voillot was mostly the 2004 Vielle Vignes, a delicious wine. I went through a half case of that alone. The rest makes sense, Loire reds and Beaujolais all the way.

It will be interesting to do this again in two years. What about you, have you checked your stats like this? What is your modal drinking wine over the past two years?


Anonymous said...

Wow--you keep much better records than I do.

Wait. Make that wow--you keep records!

Brooklynguy said...

It's all Cellar Tracker baby, that's it. the 'reports' function allows you to custom design reports about your consumption, purchases, anything you like. You're not using Cellar Tracker?!?

Deetrane said...

I only really know what I'm spending. I haven't a clue though about what I'm drinking - it's all a blur, really.

Wicker Parker said...

I rarely buy multiple bottles of anything, let alone an entire case; my modus operandi is to taste and move on, particularly when I'm surveying regions (e.g. my Piedmont and Gigondas kicks). Other times, I taste and then buy a few more bottles to age because they're so good that I can't bear to commit further acts of infanticide. Regardless, I don't have the money to buy a large number of bottles AND explore thither and yon.

That said, the producers to whom I've turned and returned in the last two years are, in the main,

François Pinon, Vouvray
François Chidaine, Vouvray and Montlouis
Baumard, Savennieres
Pepiere, Muscadet
J.K. Carriere, Willamette Valley
Abacela, Southern Oregon
Renaissance, Sierra Foothills
Lopez de Heredia, Rioja

Anonymous said...

Whites available in the US

Brégeon Muscadet

Reds available in the US

Le Mazel, Ardèche
Rimbert Saint-Chinian

Lyle Fass said...

Krug Clos des Mesnil - 37 bottles
Comte de Vogue Musigny - 31 bottles
DRC Romanee Conti - 28 bottles
DRC La Tache - 28 bottles
Leroy Musigny - 22 bottles
Mugnier Musigny - 19 bottles
Rousseau Chambertin - 15 bottles
Le Pin - 12 bottles
Petrus - 8 bottles

ya know just the usual . . .

peter said...

Keep records? Huh? (You should watch me do my taxes- it's not pretty.)

My version of cellar tracker is a sharpie on the cardboard box, with many crossouts and revisions over time as I pillage the contents.

It does lack a "reports" function, though, now that you mention it.

Brooklynguy said...

what about day to day drinking Mike - you never kep multiple bottles of something you like around the house?

i like all of it Felicien, but never tried Brégeon. I'll look for it.

Lyle - i'm glad you're finally being open about this. why you'd be ashamed to admit that you drink wine like that is beyond me. So what if we covet, no one will think less of you.

I don't know what to tell you Peter. You must enjoy your way of doing it, or else you'd upgrade. Poke around cellar tracker and see what you think.