This blog has been sitting here for a while now......it frequently lingers in my mind....what to do with it?
Part of me debates just hitting "delete."
Here's the thing, we don't even drink much wine anymore (we've been in a "cocktail phase" for a few years now). One of the things about "getting into wine" is you develop a taste for wine, you learn what's good, and the reality is most "really" good (especially red) wine is over $20. That bottle will last an evening, perhaps two, but realistically one.
For $20, I can buy a liter of Kirkland brand bourbon that will last two weeks. On it's own? Not ideal. Mix a bit of sugar and some bitters...basically all you need.
By no means am I "anti-wine" or anything, we grab sparkling wine all the time, cheap Italian bottles when pasta or pizza is on the menu, chenin blanc with oysters (though a martini with a twist really does the trick as well), blah blah blah.
The reality is, after years of the blog, this is my takeaway:
A great red wine? Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet. $25ish. Look no farther.
A great sparkling wine? Go to L Mawby's website, choose the sweetness level you like and go from there.
A great rose? Pushpin. Not sure if it's private label Whole Foods or not but I've only seen it there, but it ranges from $6-10 and when it goes on sale for $6 I grab multiple bottles.
A great white? Fetzer Gewurztraminer, you'll get change back on a $10.
There. That's it. All you need to know. There's more out there of course and I'm all for experimenting, but I guess we're in a rut....
So, all that crabbiness aside, every so often I encounter things worth sharing. So, we'll see... This blog is back...it's not a "wine blog" as much as it's a "food and drink" blog, but that's how it was going anyway......