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!