Belatedly, I am noting that the wrap-up of WBW17 has been posted. I definitely lost out; there were some much better bottles had out there. But it was all a learning experience, and good for that. Thanks to CD for hosting! (And also for knowing who Gang of Four is.)
Other than that, not much of note is going on (well, besides leaving for DC to meet with contractors in two days) except that K Vintners FINALLY got me a problematic missing order and I can stop cursing them under my breath and mentally wailing "why do you hate me?". I ordered futures back in April, and they were supposed to ship in October. October came and went, and in mid-November I sent them an email asking about the status (I wasn't in any huge rush to get the wine, but was just wondering, since I hadn't heard anything at all). They replied fairly promptly and told me that their shipping manager had quit or something, and that things were messed up, and that they would send out the orders immediately (I had two orders, technically, since when I couldn't get The Boy I ordered some other stuff). Anyway, I got a shipment a few days later, but it only contained one order. And when you get a K Vintners order, the wine mysteriously just shows up at your doorstep, or, in this case, my office, with no packing slip or anything. So I wasn't sure if the second order had been forgotten or was going to be shipped separately. I wrote asking about it in late November, and heard nothing back, even though I was extremely polite, having worked in customer service at one time. About a month later, in mid-late December, I wrote again. I was just about to send yet another of my monthly emails, when, again, bottles of wine just showed up at the doorstep. Anyway, all is well now, and I am looking forward to some delicious Ovide, El Jefe, Milbrandt, and Roma. But be warned that K moves in mysterious ways, should you place an order.