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The Real Cost of Becoming an Oenophile

By Judith Sjo-Gaber - 2011-12-08T16:39:51Z

Photograph by Marcus Nilsson

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Tasting at Home

Odouard began learning about American wines because friends invited him to monthly wine tasting dinner parties. "Besides meeting new people who shared a common interest, I drank wonderful wines I never would have bought otherwise," he says.

$1,560: Drinking wine at home for one year. Estimate: three bottles per week at an average price of $10 per bottle.

$720: Monthly wine tasting dinner parties. Price for six bottles of wine for six people over one year. Estimated average price per bottle, $10.

Running tally: $3,665