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The Perfectionist

There are only a few of these. It takes money, time, patience and money. (I mention money twice, because he’ll need twice as much of that as he’ll need of time and patience.) The Perfectionist is going to be constantly upgrading his cellar. He has no hesitation when it comes to “killing his children” (a chapter on this topic follows below) and trading out wines that he’s grown out of. One perfectionist is divesting himself of Pinots in favor of red Burgundies. He’s already sold off his entire collection of Zinfandel and Merlot. The Chardonnays can’t be far behind.

He is very thorough, with an accountant’s sharp-pencil memory for figures. He knows where every bottle is. The Perfectionist is the one who sometimes points out typos in my inventory report. He is building something more than a wine collection; he is building a monument.