Wine Poll #014: Wines For Over $100

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How Often Do We Purchase Wines that Cost the Equivalent of US$100 or More?

70% or more
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Wine Poll #014: Wines For Over $100

Postby Daniel Rogov » Sat Oct 18, 2008 3:29 pm

Last week our poll dealt with wines that we could purchase for $10 or under. Let's jump up this week and ask how often we purchase wines that cost the equivalent of $US100 or more.
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Re: Wine Poll #014: Wines For Over $100

Postby Ran S » Sat Oct 18, 2008 3:47 pm

Voted for 30-40. It is closer to the 40 if not above. In the last years prices increased and with the $ exchange rate against the NIS or EUR its becoming too easy to buy a 100$ bottle.
Most reputable Grand Crus from Bordeaux with cost so, let alone the wine from Burgundy - red or white. Same goes for any solid Cote Rotie/Hermitage, Single vinyard Barolo or G.R. from spain.
The good old days are gone ... and as the rest of us wine lovers, I find myself saying "I should have bought more when prices were lower ...".

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Re: Wine Poll #014: Wines For Over $100

Postby Lior Yogev » Sat Oct 18, 2008 3:54 pm

Never. I'm a student, and fairly - I'm not experienced enough to appreciate wines of that level.

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Re: Wine Poll #014: Wines For Over $100

Postby Mike_F » Sat Oct 18, 2008 4:42 pm


The most expensive wines I have bought have been in the $ 50 - $ 80 range. I very rarely go above $ 50, and somehow manage to survive without the overpriced wines of Bordeaux or Burgundy. Happily for me, top Italian wines (even single vineyard Barolos from good vintage years, Ran...) can be found at prices of up to 50-60 Euros. Obviously some go for more, but I pass...

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Re: Wine Poll #014: Wines For Over $100

Postby Ben Kfir » Sat Oct 18, 2008 7:42 pm

about 5%

I would like to buy more but.....
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Re: Wine Poll #014: Wines For Over $100

Postby Norm N » Sat Oct 18, 2008 8:09 pm

Rarely. Will do it for birth year wines for one of my children, but not beyond that these days. My pockets just ain't as deep as they used to be, especially after all the market turmoil.

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Re: Wine Poll #014: Wines For Over $100

Postby Art Morris » Sat Oct 18, 2008 9:23 pm

About 5%. A few years ago,I started putting away some "gems" for special occasions/rainy day,etc. My problem with this strategy is two-fold:

(a)I'm not blessed with much self-control. I find myself popping a $100+ bottle based on what I like to call the E-Factor(entitlement)as in :"I had a tough week;I'm entitled to this." :roll:

(b) I simply can't afford expensive wines,especially given the current economic downturn.

At least for the forseeable future,I figure my 5% will drop off to 0%.


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Re: Wine Poll #014: Wines For Over $100

Postby Matilda L » Sun Oct 19, 2008 1:04 am

Under the current exchange rate, $100 US equals about $144 Australian. I have to say, I rarely buy wines that cost that much. I buy very small amounts of good red wine and occasionally champagne that cost in the region of $100 (AUD) per bottle. I've voted 5% - 10%; it's probably closer to 5% than 10%.

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Re: Wine Poll #014: Wines For Over $100

Postby Doug Z » Sun Oct 19, 2008 1:05 am

so far 0% because im not sure my palate will honestly be able to appreciate the difference between great wine and superb wine.

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Re: Wine Poll #014: Wines For Over $100

Postby Shlomo R » Sun Oct 19, 2008 10:00 am

$100 has long been my price limit for bottles of wine or whiskey (although I am regretting passing up an Ardbeg Airidh Nam Beist for $104). I did buy 6 bottles of the 2003 Katzrin, which is the only reason why I cannot say "never" for this poll. ... rosenzweig - cycling 175 miles to raise money for summer camp for kids with cancer - doing it again in 2014!
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Re: Wine Poll #014: Wines For Over $100

Postby Loweeel » Sun Oct 19, 2008 3:08 pm

I managed to find a bottle of the Turley Hayne '04 PS last year for 98.99, so I just barely squeak under. Other than that, I haven't even paid $60 for a bottle. -- The PSychos' Path: the long road to being crazy about Petite Sirah
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Re: Wine Poll #014: Wines For Over $100

Postby YoelA » Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:29 pm

Never, and not likely ever. There are great wines that I cannot afford and plenty of very very good ones that I can. Short of aquiring some wealthy friends, that'll suffice.
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Re: Wine Poll #014: Wines For Over $100

Postby Robin Garr » Wed Oct 22, 2008 6:12 pm

Only on the most special of occasions. I have sprung for $500, more or less, on two birth-year ports for my dear bride, once on the millennium and once when I was in Portugal and wanted to surprise her with a follow-up bottle just for us - we had to share the Y2K Niepoort with a lot of friends, so everyone got only a small glass.

For me, on rare occasions I'll hit three figures in a restaurant where the cuisine demands something very special; these occasions usually combine a special personal occasion with a review visit, so it's somewhat business-related.

And very rarely indeed for a special occasion at home, and then $100 comes pretty close to a strict limit for me.

I do get a handful of business-related high-end California wines through our business association with California Wine Club, which distributes wines generally in the $40 to $120 range in one of its wine clubs, Connoisseurs' Series.

But, long story short, three-figure wines are a mighty rare treat for me.
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Re: Wine Poll #014: Wines For Over $100

Postby Lior Yogev » Wed Oct 22, 2008 7:41 pm

My inner geek forces me to point out we got a near poisson distribution in the results :)
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Re: Wine Poll #014: Wines For Over $100

Postby Menachem S » Thu Oct 23, 2008 1:46 pm

being a kosher wine drinker, and almost exclusively buying on release, it's actually hard (thankfully) to find wines above $100.

Some of the Kosher Bordeaux releases - but generally, being that they pale in comparison to the non-kosher siblings, they are not worth going near.

And of course, Katzrin. That's pretty much it.

I would be curious to hear if anyone here buying kosher/Israeli offerings hase much more than "rarely"

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Re: Wine Poll #014: Wines For Over $100

Postby Eli R » Thu Oct 23, 2008 6:24 pm

My answer was "Never".
While buying 90% Israeli wine, with the $US reaching 3.8-3.9 NIS today, I could say that 80% of what I buy is under 50 $.

But if you will calculate the "real" cost of cellaing and keeping the wine for 3-5 years, I am sure that by the time I will open these bottles the real cost will almost reach the market price for an 5 years old vintage and will average around 100$.

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Re: Wine Poll #014: Wines For Over $100

Postby Matt Walter » Fri Oct 24, 2008 12:30 pm

I have only purchased two bottles (Kosher French Bordeaux, St. Juliens 2000 and Katzrin 2003) over $100, so I voted rarely.

It would have to be something really incredible to go over $100.

I will by and large stick with the Yarden CS El Rom and Covenant for my special occassion purchases. They are both under $100 (the Yarden decidedly so) in my area.

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Re: Wine Poll #014: Wines For Over $100

Postby Aviram K » Fri Oct 24, 2008 4:04 pm

Rarely. I do get to the 80$ +- range, but that- at least for now- what my student bank account can affort.

I do get the chance to taste 100$+ from time to time, thanks to my job :-)
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