I'm sure many of you just thought, "to drink it, of course", and that is the obvious reason to buy a beverage like wine. The question I am really asking is what prompts you to determine that you need to head to the wine shop and pick up some wine? I can only answer for myself, and am genuinely hoping for some feedback from others so I can gain perspective on how other people do it.
I buy wine for a purpose. Two things might be useful for context. I make my own wine at home and that does have a relationship to how much commercial wine I buy. I don't collect wine. I have a small cellar that turns over fast. Here are several of the current motivators for me to buy wine:
- I am cooking a regional dish and need a wine that would typically be paired with the dish. I am doing this to maximize my appreciation for the food and drink of the region I am inspired by.
- I need a wine from a specific region and of a certain style as an assignment for a Boston Sommelier Society wine tasting.
- I am looking to explore a type/style of wine, and typically from multiple regions, as inspiration to make a batch of it at home.
- I am participating in an online event where specific wine(s) will be tasted and reviewed.