I am no wine expert. Nor do I judge the price of a bottle as to how good it may or may not be. I’ve tasted expensive wines that I didn’t care for, and wines with tags as little as $7.99 which I thought were amazing. I don’t believe that price makes a wine good or bad. I think it's all relative to the drinkers individual palate.
However, I personally have certain things that are no-no's when it comes to drinking wine.
First, allow me to share that I primarily enjoy wine because of the ritual. I enjoy selecting a wine; pouring a glass; smelling it; then taking my first sip. I don’t think I’m a wine snob, but there is an immense pleasure I receive from the ceremony; savoring it. I don’t just drink wine for the buzz. Although I will admit, the buzz is quite nice.
- I won’t drink wine from a BOX. I apologize if any of you are boxed wine drinkers and enjoy it, but the one and only time I had a glass of wine from a box, it tasted like a rubber GARDEN HOSE. Perhaps it was psychological, but the whole idea of pouring wine from a cardboard box with a plastic bladder and nozzle makes me feel like I’m at a freakin' frat party in the movie, “ANIMAL HOUSE.”
Nope, no boxed wine for me.
- I won’t purchase wine with a twist-off cap. I want a wine bottle with a cork in it. Again, perhaps it’s psychological, but it feels sacrilegious to twist off a cap from something so sacred as wine. I enjoy removing the seal and cork from a bottle by using a corkscrew. Amen.
- I like to drink wine from a glass with a stem. I can’t drink it from a juice or water glass, or god forbid...a paper Dixie Cup. I need the stem because I like holding a glass of wine that way.
Wait a minute. On second thought, I do sound like a wine snob, don’t I?
Oh well…I guess I am.
Anyway. I wanted to share some things I found online pertaining to all things wine.
This is the type of corkscrew I use. I believe it's called "a waiter's corkscrew."
My favorite style of glass to drink wine.
Below are some other glasses I found interesting...
HA! Perfect for drinking wine at a sporting event. And at least they have a stem.
Here are some wine bottles cleverly used as light fixtures...
How fierce are these?
LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!