Wine Purchasing 101
Last year my boss invited me and my husband to his house to celebrate his birthday. Of course the issue of what to bring him for a present came up. What do you get for the boss who has everything and certainly makes a butt load more money than you do? We opted for a bottle of wine.
My husband and I do not drink often. My history with wine and liquor involves several bottles of Boone's Farm Strawberry Hill in my teen years and an incident with multiple glasses of Tequila Sunrises and a fullback from the University of Alabama football team during Spring Break. Not a very impressive resume, I know. My husband and I generally only drink a few times a year and it is usually something safe like a White Zinfandel, simply because we don't really know what else we might like.
Last year at Christmas time, we both decided to break down and get a bottle of wine to celebrate the season. We spent at least an hour in the grocery store studying the wine collection trying to decide what we wanted to buy. With hundreds of bottles of all shapes, sizes and colors in front of us, as the unpracticed wine drinker wannabes that we were, we had many decisions to make. A merlot? Or how about that white wine in the cool looking bottle? Oh, wait, look at that pretty one! For the uneducated purchaser, it was rather a daunting task to make that final decision. You can honestly pay anything you want for a bottle of wine. And what little experience I do have tells me that the more expensive ones are not necessarily the ones that I'm going to like.
After a bit of discussion back and forth, we finally made a selection and brought a nice bottle of white merlot home, only to discover that we had bought the exact same bottle of wine last Christmas. How did we know? The bottle was still in the back of the refrigerator. It’s a good thing that wine gets better with age. I’m sure after we finally dust off that bottle; we are in for a pleasant surprise.
So, back to my original problem. What to get the boss who has everything? My friend recommended a Pinot Noir by a certain winery. Fortunately for me, I have friends with taste. It turned out to be a big hit.Continued on the next page