Oh my gosh — Half a dozen bottles of decades old wine has been hiding in the back of my wine cabinet. Is it still good? Only one way to find out: Have a party and open those puppies up!
Really? A $40,000 bottle of wine?? And no, I wasn’t the one drinking it! A short time ago a few friends and I got together for a special dinner of home-made mushroom and wild rice soup that was to die for. We brought our favorite Zinfandels from 2007, 2008 and 2009. They were delicious. Some more fruity and some more spicy. Some drier and some smoother, but all rich and well-balanced, at the perfect age to be enjoyed. With each sip, someone was saying, “this is so GOOD!” A few days after that I saw a society bit in the paper talking about celebrity friends who had indulged in a $300,000 (yeah, that’s five zeroes) dinner. Alcohol had to be in there somewhere, ya think? Sure enough: “six bottles of Romanee-Conti France’s Burgundy region were purchased at $40,000 per bottle.” I’m told this retails for $13,000 a bottle, but of… Read More »
Today I was visiting a wine website and because it’s alcohol-related, they want to know how old you are. I guess they want to make sure that you are of legal drinking age before you look at their stuff. (Like you couldn’t lie on-line. Hmmm…) But you don’t just type in your birthday. No, you get to choose from a drop-down menu. I sort of get a kick out of this because I can click on whatever month, day and year appeals to me at the moment. I can make my age anywhere from 25 to 95 — or older. And although I am not into astrology, I could change my “sign” from a Capricorn to a Leo or a Gemini with a click of the mouse. Not that anyone would care. But it’s the scale for the birth year that intrigues me. It goes back to 1900. Really? Do you think if I put in,… Read More »
Yep, it’s September — supposedly the end of summer and the end of the summer wine. But it’s still hot. Too hot to think of drinking those hearty red wines that are stashed in my wine cabinet. The heat won’t dissipate for another few weeks, so I’m going to have to purchase a few more bottles of that white stuff. I love the idea of sitting out on the patio of a summer evening with a lovely glass of crisp Sauvignon Blanc or an off-dry (slightly sweet) Riesling, maybe a Viognier with a hint of tropical fruit like papaya or pineapple, or something new and not all that common — Symphony which is light and fruity with a floral aroma, slightly on the sweet side. A perfect “patio wine.” It’s such a charming picture, but the problem is that the temperature hovers around 100 until late at night, so sitting… Read More »
No, that’s not quite right. The store is still there, but it’s now the [nearly everything is] “99 cents” store. A few months ago they raised their price from 99 cents to 99.9 cents so they charged $1 for everything. Fair enough. Actually, more than fair. Still an incredible bargain! (And a note about the picture above. Since I took my computer to Best Buy to correct a minor problem — which cost major bucks! — I haven’t been able to download things I could get before, like the pictures of the 99 cent store. So you’ll have to be content with a picture of wine and I am going there — just be patient.) My favorite is the raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. 99.9 cents is 1/3 what I pay at the market, and it’s the same brand! I don’t know how it works, but I’m happy it does. Their produce… Read More »