For those who are budgeting their paychecks or salary for wine for at home, how much do you think is a responsible % of your monthly income to go toward wines you buy for at home as well as when you go out to dinner? Especially for someone who is going through the court. This could include how much you spend for tasting group.
So if I am being honest with myself I spend probably ~5-8% of my salary on wine. I just passed my Certified and am going for Advanced. I make good money however I do not work in the industry. Meaning I do not have access to wholesale, leftover, shared wine like others here do. I actively look for ways to get the most bang per buck though. Its definitely more than I would prefer to spend.
I'm at the 6-8% but that does include wine to simply just drink and wine for my wife and company as well. I'm fortunate to work in the industry and have plenty of access to tasting wine throughout my workday. Which is where I do most of my note taking/studying. Most of the wine I drink at home is simply for pleasure. No grids, no format, just drink.
For this year, since I am on the clock for the advanced exam, I have budgeted ~$400 per month wholesale for wine. I have been following my road map for study and have been drinking the region I am currently studying for that week. Obviously, some regions are cheaper than others, but it balances out. As far as tasting group, we all pitch in a bottle every week in the $15-30 retail range. My other expense is whiskey and tequila. You can only drink so much wine before you need to shift gears.
I'm currently studying for my advance and have budgeted at least $10,000 just for testable wines to taste.
But refer to the link below about budgeting, sacrifice and etc:
Be careful with budgeting based on what others say. This is very personal. There are a lot of ways to save money here. Most of the wines you need for Advanced are not that expensive. If you're in the industry you can definitely save by using the most of samples and buying at cost. The use of a Coravin or the vials system is also helpful. Being in a tasting group can also really help off-set cost. I think you have to get your budget by working backwards. Ask yourself, how often you will be tasting. I personally think you can over taste. Some people like to do flights of 6 all the time. For me that's a bit much. Practice gridding out wines that you know what they are. Also, grid out wines without having them in front of you. Focus on actually understanding wines, not just tasting for an exam. It is also important to drink stuff you like in this process.
Every single wine I open or taste I grid the first 2 ounces. A part of me hates doing it on wine I am drinking with my wife or friends but the other part knows that I need to stay fresh. I do not know which part is right...