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Bacchus’s Little Helper

January 8, 2010
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I found myself (as I am often wont to do when I fade in and out of daydreams) at the liquor store last night, purchasing a bottle of wine to go with our celebratory dinner. The Harkness Family is chic but always thrify…a killer combination. We did our celebration at home instead of forking over the dough to eat at a restaurant.

As I wandered up and down the aisles, a thought occurred to me: I have had more wine in the last year than I have had in my entire life.

That statement can be a tad misleading. I think I have consumed approximately five bottles of wine in my 40 years of living and then along came 2009. Perhaps there have been eight to ten bottles this year? It’s not like I’m lying in the gutter and drooling on myself but there were a couple of months there that I had to learn that an entire bottle of wine was not a single serving.

My whole problem is that I listen to the wine dude on The Splendid Table and I get ideas for cheap but good wines (the only kind in my current ballpark) and then I totally forget five minutes later.

What I need is a little practical education. I can find wine that I like but when I plan a fussy meal and I want a good bottle of wine to go with it, I need to rely on the internet for what to serve and I HATE relying on the internet! What if the internet is an idiot???

I want to be at a point where wine is like yarn for me. I know what will work, I know why it will work, and I know when to hold up my hand and say “Dear God in Heaven, NO!” (Red Heart Acrylic in a tri-color Christmas theme??? Nooooooooooooo!)

So I’m starting my own personal White Trash Wine Tour. It will not be poignant and humiliating . It will not be award winning and hopefully, it will not be hipster dufishness. It will be me, recording what wine I buy and what I drink it with. Pairing wine and caramel corn? Bet you won’t hear THAT on The Splendid Table.

I even have an appropriate notebook to record my findings…finally, a reason for buying my Star Trek journal!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Pam permalink
    January 8, 2010 7:42 am

    A whole bottle is not a single serving? I’ve always thought it was a single serving as long as you had it only once a week. I suppose you are also going to tell me that there is no Santa Claus.

  2. January 8, 2010 11:54 am

    You haven’t said you’re looking for recommendations, but…

    A couple of my favorites in the “delicious but not frighteningly expensive” category are:

    Marquis Philips Shiraz — around $10-$12 where I live
    Cline Cashmere — around $15

    The Cashmere is a red blend from California. Marquis Philips is Australian.

    Now, if you’re looking for a lighter white wine for summertime — which I am told by a reliable source will, in fact, appear on schedule again this year — let me introduce you to any of the Vinho Verde wines from Portugal. My personal favorite is from the Casal Garcia winery. Vinho Verde is a young wine, just the tiniest bit effervescent, not overly sweet and very easy to drink. Best of all, Vinho Verdes are usually pretty cheap — maybe 6 or 7 bucks a bottle.

  3. Nancy permalink
    January 8, 2010 2:37 pm

    Well….this wine snob really enjoys slushies made with Boone’s Farm wine, ice, and a scoop of fresh fruit.

  4. Roseanne permalink
    January 9, 2010 8:02 am

    Well you really don’t want my opinion, since my wine comes in a box…

  5. January 9, 2010 10:25 am

    Box or no box, it’s what you like and what makes you happy!

  6. Tabatha Voros permalink
    January 10, 2010 6:48 am

    I hope you don’t mind but I wanted to share a funny little story with you. My Grandmother (on my Mom’s side who has since passed away) came for a visit. The first thing she said to my older sister is, “When are you going to grow up?” This coming on the tail of my sisters recent divorce and being a mother to a toddler herself. She had poor sis in tears. So, being forwarned, I decided to let Grams know how poorly she had behaved. You know the old giant upside down Coke glasses that 7 up used to put out as the uncola? Well, I walked into Moms house and filled it half way up with boxed wine then added ice and 7up then grabbed a straw. So she comes out and asks if I had become an alcoholic. I replied, “nope, only when you’re here!” My sister laughed so hard it was great even my mom couldn’t help but laugh!

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