Friday, May 4, 2012

Friday Night Experiment

I like wine.

This makes sense, as the first drink I ever took was Boone's Farm Tickle Pink, vintage 1979.

I go to wine tastings, I've tried all sorts of wine at friend's houses, and I actually pay attention when the wine people talk about their wines. I know if a red wine clings to the glass after a sip, that it has legs.  However, I don't know what that means. 

Even though I drink a lot of wine,  I still don't know diddly squat.  When they say, "finishes with a peppery taste..." I have no idea what that means.  I couldn't discern a fruity taste from an oaky one.  Basically, I know what I like and I like what I know.  Frankly, I like most wines.  As the Commodores would say, 'I'm easy."

Sir Steven bought me a nice bottle of wine for our ThirteenYearsFromTheDayWeMetAnniversary.    "Nice," meaning he spent more than I normally spend on a bottle.  Oh, I guess you don't know what I normally spend.  The average is probably between $12 and $15; at the most.  He spent $50 on this bottle for our special day; a King's Ransom.

Tonight, I put my very immature palate to test.  We opened the anniversary wine and a bottle of $8 wine.   Sir poured both of them for me and placed them in front of me without me knowing which was which.

Here's me:  Wine #1:       Smell.  (don't know what I'm smelling for)  Sip.  (yum)
                   Wine #2:       Smell.  (still don't know what I'm smelling)  Sip.  (yum)
                    Repeat until both glasses are finished.

I did eat a piece of bread and have a few sips of water in an attempt to cleanse my palate.  But, at the end of the tasting, it was very close.  Neither wine stood out as super duper spectacular.  Maybe I should have swirled?

I opted for Wine #2.  And, you guessed it.  It was the $8 wine. I guess I'm just a cheap date.  I blame the Boone's Farm.

 But, now that I've opened the Anniversary one, I'm going to drink that, and consider it an investment.  Cheers!