Sorry Twisted Peeps that it has been awhile since my last post, but I have been mulling over my $3 wine experience.
After having so much bad wine, especially red…I would have flash backs of vinegar, wet dog, and funky forest floor as I tried to open a bottle. I had to tell myself it’s ok…the Cabernet Sauvignon from Chateau Montelena is good! Remember the fun you and Catherine had drinking it and watching Bottle Shock?
You can read about it here: http://wp.me/pJNy2-aB
By the way, my Dear Cousin Catherine has not talked to me since we did the $3 Cabernets….
Also, I learned that $10 wine makes a better cooking wine than $3 wine. I took the leftover “sporkable” wine and made Beef Bourguignon. It was ok, but some of that vinegar acidity that was so prevalent in the wine got passed on to the food. I missed the black fruits that round out this hardy, beefy dish.
Something else I have learned is that I’m a bit of a snob.
When I was purchasing these wines I felt no joy and I kept thinking…I hope no one sees me doing this and I was sort of saddened by it especially when I was at the Aldi store.
For those who don’t know about Aldi…it is a very stripped down, bare bones shell of a store. All the products are stacked on pallets or shelves. No one helps you bag or carry anything and you bring your own bags or you can rent a cart. The depressing part is the clientele. Everyone looks like they are struggling financially. It is not festive like Trader Joes with their “tropical” theme or Whole Foods with their happy, knowledgeable staff or bustling like Wal-mart.
I think what got to me was a gentleman dressed in a suit buying the same wine “Winking Owl” as me. He looked like he had seen better days. His face was wrinkled and grey. He just looked worn out and his suit fit loosely on him.
I am probably reading too much into his “look”, but it was just one of those observations that made me Grateful for my family, friends and good wine.
I am also thankful for the condolences for my palate and the appreciation of my courage to do this so Y’all don’t have to.
Anything for my Twisted Peeps. I think Y’all are awesome too!