I’d like some cheese with my wine.

22 Dec

When I began my drinking career (at 21, of course) I was all over those punchy drinks, particularly the ones they serve at frat houses.  After college, I moved on to watery beer, which is still my drink of choice at times.  Upon becoming a sophisticated adult (ha!), I decided to try wine.

The wine I chose to begin with was White Zinfandel, which isn’t really wine.  I’m sure it has grapes and all that jazz, but it doesn’t scream sophistication.  Ordering White Zinfandel at a business dinner when you look like you’re sixteen just screams something like “I stole this out of my parent’s wine cabinet and refilled it with water when I was twelve!”  (White Merlot screams the same thing, by the way.  Don’t fool yourselves).

I figured I’d try white wine first.  Its usually served chilled, which I like.  And people don’t look at you quite as oddly when you put ice in a glass of white.  Maybe because it blends in better?  My family is notorious for buying cheap white wine.  The most popular choice is the 3/$10 special with a screw top.  Served on ice, of course.  In all fairness, the ice helps water drown the vinegary taste a bit.  Also to my family’s defense, we drink a lot of wine at holidays, so the liquor store special is quite cost effective.  Oh, and there is no “white wine glass”/”red wine goblet.”  It all goes in either whatever glass or clean or the closet plastic cup.  Filled to the brim.

On my own, I’ve ventured into the $15 bottles of wine.  My fallback bottle is the Blue Luna di Luna (Pinot Grigio/Chardonnay) or the Yellow (Pinot Grigio/Pinot Bianco).  When I have time to wander the aisles of the liquor store, I try to pick out something good based on the label.  If I like it, I usually forget what it was the next time I look for a bottle.   At restaurants, I tend to stick with the house variety, although sometimes I will try something different.  I enjoy dinners with people who know wine, because then I can try something different and not look stupid trying to pronounce what I want to order.

As for reds, I’ve tried a few and feel “eh” about them.  They all make my face hot.  However, I am currently working my way through a bottle of Two Buck Chuck Cabernet Sauvignon, and, chilled, its not half bad.  The mound of cheese I had to go with it helps as well.

On a side note, I’ll be spending the next three days or so drinking bad wine and eating cookies, so I hope you all have a safe, happy holiday season, whether you’re celebrating now, celebrated earlier, or aren’t celebrating at all! 

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5 Responses to “I’d like some cheese with my wine.”

  1. kylydia December 23, 2007 at 9:12 am #

    I’m a lot like you in regards to wine, Julie. I like my beverages chilled, so I just can’t get into red wines. Plus, they give me a hangover AS I’M DRINKING THEM! That’s just not right.

  2. Val December 23, 2007 at 10:17 am #

    Have you tried Reislings (Riesling?)? They are very good, usually very reasonable price wise. They also range from sweet to dry and the really good ones are usually those from Germany (as opposed to Ste. Michelle out of Washington, although that’s ok). Gewurztraminer is fabulous. And don’t worry about prounancing it, I think only those who speak German are actually successful at it, and it doesn’t include me 🙂

    Another of my favorite places to get wine, FL Orange Groves and Winery, http://www.floridawine.com/. They make wines based off of fruits other than grapes. We’ve tried pretty much all of them (the winery has taste testing!) and so far have bought the Peach, Hurricane Category 5, Watermelon, Pineapple, Chocolate Orange. The blueberry is red and the sweeter one is very good.

  3. Jane December 23, 2007 at 11:09 am #

    ~giggling at Lydia~

    Happy holidays, Julie!

  4. Julie December 30, 2007 at 11:42 pm #

    Ha, Lydia! I woke up with an a belly ache after the Two Buck Chuck night.

    Val, I have tried a Reisling I wasn’t very fond of, but I’m willing to give them another shot. I do like fruity wines, but not too sweet. We had a Dandelion wine in Amish Country that tasted good in 1 oz tasting cups, but not as a whole glass.

    Happy Holidays, Janey! (Even though they’re almost over at this point) 🙂

  5. Mare December 31, 2007 at 1:25 pm #

    I think roses are the new classy Zin.

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