And the winner is

March 7th, 2011 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

The closest guess from blog readers was robcarr on 547 – who also was the first to guess. Lucia Maria was just one further off on 540.

This is the first year that the total has fallen, since 2005. In 2005 it fell by only one – in 2011 we fell by 37 – true proof of the double dip recession.

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2011 Cork Count Competition

February 10th, 2011 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Yes another year has gone by.  Guess the number of stoppers and the percentage or number of stelvins. the count will be on 16 February.

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And the winner is …

February 19th, 2010 at 4:10 pm by David Farrar

In 2008/2009 we had 517 bottles, so 581 is an impressive 12.4% increase in consumption. I put it down to no election to interfere!

The average guess was 538, and I went for 533. The highest guest was Richard on 551.

Of minor interest is both corks and stelvins increased. Corks went up by 35 and stelvins by 29.

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2010 Cork Count

February 11th, 2010 at 11:51 am by David Farrar

Another year gone already!

The consumption pattern has been:

  1. 2003 – 325 bottles (0% stelvins)
  2. 2004 – 393 bottles (0% stelvins)
  3. 2005 – 392 bottles (3.8% stelvins)
  4. 2006 – 456 bottles (17.7% stelvins)
  5. 2007 – 496 bottles (21.9% stelvins)
  6. 2008 – 512 bottles (46.9% stelvins)
  7. 2009 – 517 bottles (76.3% stelvins)

I hasten to add these are not all mine, but from a group of us!

People are welcome to guess (by 18 Feb) the total number of stoppers, and also the percentage that are stelvins.

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Cork Count Result

April 3rd, 2009 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Somewhat overdue, but we have the results of the annual cork count.

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The middle jar was the one to be guessed. the left hand one had 512 closures (272 corks/240 stelvins) and the right hand one 496 closures (388 corks and 108 stelvins).

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And despite appearances, the numbers were up. 517 closures made up of 122 corks and 395 stelvins.

The closest guesser online was Andrew W at 524.

Can we make 550 this year or will the recession bite?

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The seventh annual cork count!

February 13th, 2009 at 9:32 am by David Farrar

For the seventh year in a row, we have the annual cork count of the wine consumption of a group of Wellington layabouts.

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The middle jar is the collection for the last 12 months. The aim is to guess the total number of closures (corks and stelvins) in there. For bonus points you can also guess the breakdown between corks and stelvins.

The jar on the left is Feb 07 to Feb 08. It had 512 closures in total,of which 240 are stelvins and 272 are corks.

The jar on the right is from Feb 06 to Feb 07. It had 496 closures in total of which 108 are stelvins and 388 are corks..

This year is hard to guess. The total volume of space is obviously less, but the proportion that are stelvins looks to be a fair bit higher and they take up less space.

The count will be on Wednesday, so make your guess before then. The history for the last few years is:

Date

All Closures

Winner

Corks

Stelvins

Stelvin %

10 Feb 03

325

325

0

0%

10 Feb 04

393

Chris

393

0

0%

10 Feb 05

392

Chris

377

15

3.8%

10 Feb 06

456

Sioux

375

81

17.7%

10 Feb 07

496

Martyn

387

109

21.9%

10 Feb 08

512

Arnold

272

240

46.9%

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And the cork total for 2007/08 is …

April 7th, 2008 at 3:04 pm by David Farrar

I blogged back in February the annual cork counting competition. 2005/06 was 456 and 2006/07 was 496.

Guesses from those who helped drink the wine ranged from 495 to 648, averaging 553.

Guesses on the blog were from 483 to 599.

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The result was less than most predicted, but still an increase over the previous year – 512. That includes 240 stelvins. Chicken Little was closest on the blog with 510 and Arnold K in real life guessed 512 exactly.

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Those stelvins do made it hard to guess.

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