This is one of the most expensive periods of the year, when allocations seem to come in droves. In the last few weeks, I’ve been hit by Aubert, Marcassin, Kosta Browne, Turley, Linne Calodo, Saxum, Carlisle, Rivers Marie, and Outpost. Sine Qua Non is probably right around the corner. It usually evens out for the next several months until the rush come August/September. I kind of wish I could commit to the wines in advance, but pay over the course of the year–it sure would make it easier on my credit card 🙂
Many people are asking themselves why the would buy allocations, given the ever-increasing prices, the terrible economy, and the fact that often, previously hard-to-get wines can be had for less-than-retail prices in shops. For me, however, the mailing lists are mostly worth it. Don’t get me wrong–I get frustrated if I pay $X and hear that the same wine is available for 10, 20, or 30% less. But I like knowing that I’m going to get the wine for sure. I like the fact I do not have to chase the wine, running from shop to shop, begging for a bottle here, and a bottle there. I used to do that, but life has gotten busy enough that the small premium I pay is worth the time I don’t have to spend. Not to mention that I am assured of provenance.
I do wish the prices would come down, however 🙂