It’s cork counting time again

February 11th, 2008 at 9:36 pm by David Farrar

Long-time blog readers will know that DPF and friends enjoy the odd bottle of red wine at our regular gatherings at the Cork King’s house.  And every year on 10 February, we try to guess how many bottles we have drunk.

The trend over the past few years has been clear:

  • 2003 – 325
  • 2004 – 393
  • 2005 – 392
  • 2006 – 456
  • 2007 – 496

So will we make 500 for the year to 10 Feb 2008?  Let’s look at the photo?

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Now just to make it harder the number of stelvins is increasing, making it harder to estimate.  In 2006 there were 81 stelvins making up 18% of the total. In 2007 there were 109 stelvins, making up 22% of the total. 2008 looks to have a hell of a lot of stelvins.  Generally they take up less room, so I think it is definitely over 500.

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For historical comparison purposes,  here are the corks from the first three years.  Over six years that has been over 2,500 bottles of wine drunk :-)

As usual, make your guesses below.

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25 Responses to “It’s cork counting time again”

  1. pdm (842 comments) says:

    523

    Forgive an ignorant beer drinker but are stelvins the caps of screw tops?

    [DPF: Yes]

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  2. Zippy Gonzales (485 comments) says:

    537, based on the cork inflation theory I just made up.

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  3. Rex Widerstrom (5,129 comments) says:

    532, based on Zippy’s theory but allowing for the Reserve Bank curbing that inflation with an additional alcohol tax.

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  4. dime (8,778 comments) says:

    heh nice work.

    are there any bladders in there? :))

    570 – i blame the bad govt for your excessive consumption :P

    i didnt know wine still came with corks..

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  5. triplux (2 comments) says:

    As this includes Jan 08, Newbold’s “blip” theory would suggest a number closer to 582.

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  6. ManukauMum (134 comments) says:

    In 2008 there are 158 stevlins representing 28% of the total = 564
    (unless its a Lagrange polynomial, in which case it would be a total of minus 33)

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  7. SK (38 comments) says:

    577 – Insert witty comment here.

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  8. skyblue (193 comments) says:

    563

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  9. Asher (11 comments) says:

    521.

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  10. PaulL (5,776 comments) says:

    537

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  11. PaulL (5,776 comments) says:

    Crap, Zippy had that already. Change it to 534.

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  12. monsta (8 comments) says:

    “It’s not what you’re drinking but how you’re drinking it…”

    501 – just like levi’s :)

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  13. Pascal (2,015 comments) says:

    483. Just to buck the trend.

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  14. Brian Smaller (3,915 comments) says:

    I refuse to take part in this glorification of conspicuous consumption by “Rich Pricks”. But if I did I would say 502.

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  15. Andrew W (1,629 comments) says:

    525

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  16. Chicken Little (793 comments) says:

    519 – I used the old – how many scratches the dog had whilst facing East and not saying ‘right front wheel, right front wheel’ – cork divination method taught to me by my mothers stepbrothers uncle Joe.

    Its an oldy but a goody.

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  17. Adam (552 comments) says:

    546

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  18. Short Shriveled and Slightly to the Left (759 comments) says:

    510
    I dont have time to get into the corkculus behind my answer

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  19. slightlyrighty (2,448 comments) says:

    Are there stats linking this to Berrocca comsumption???

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  20. Murray (8,835 comments) says:

    12, the answer is 12.

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  21. Murray (8,835 comments) says:

    Thats after GST a “tax rebate” and Cullen decides how much to tax DPF for his massive carbon footprint of course.

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  22. PhilBest (5,112 comments) says:

    Are these people “Chardonnay Socialists”?

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  23. Steve (4,327 comments) says:

    599.
    Just spent a week in Wellington. It was great, so was the weather …..
    I guess 599 because more and more people are drinking it, especially NZ wine. 599 bottles of wine were drank, not drunk.

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  24. itiswhatitis (58 comments) says:

    In 20 years you’ll hit 1000 bottles per year, and may I say, you’ll be “well preserved”

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  25. Steve (4,327 comments) says:

    itiswhatitis,
    What??? I miss out on guessing because some teetotaler threw in a top from a bottle of H2go.

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