Saturday, November 28, 2015

30 Before 30: Start a Wine Collection




I guess “collection” is relative. A collection could be 50, 100, 500 or 2, depends on how you look at it.

I have always loved wine, if you know me, you know I love it. In the past few years, I’ve grown to love it even more. I once took a weekend intro sommelier class. However, I did learn in that class I’m really bad at tasting wine, but really good at drinking it. I was the only one not spitting, because it’s wasteful, obviously, and I’m pretty sure was drunk by 10am each day. #mostexpensivedayofdrinkingever

I don’t want to be become a sommelier, I just want to have more of an advanced knowledge of wine and regions and grapes and labels. So I bought a few books, we’ll see how that goes.

Dan and I got real hooked on wine in Germany because 1. We lived in a wine region and 2. It was so god damn cheap. We were in for a rude awakening when we came back to the states and realized that our paychecks could not support our wine habit. (I’m exaggerating, but you get the point)

So, I suppose that’s when the “collection” began. We wanted to drink nice bottles of wine on special occasions, even if the special occasion was let’s have a nice bottle of wine. So, we began drinking boxed wine on the regular (there are some really solid ones out there- I’m NOT talking Franzia, people). This allowed us to have a cheap alternative to drinking one to two $12-$20 bottles of wine a couple nights a week. So while we drank the boxed wine as our “house wine” we began buying bottles here and there to add to our collection.

And when I say “collection” I’m using that term loosely. After some brief research on wine collections, there was a lot of talk about needing to buy $30 bottles and knowing how long to age them and how to store them and how to evaluate them. We buy a bottle here and there when we like the label, that’s about as fancy as we are.

But now, we have over 40 bottles and counting that we have on hand for a dinner party or a night in or just because we want to open a bottle and it’s cool and I’m happy and I probably will never get it appraised or store it correctly or age it to perfection, but maybe after a few hours reading my wine books, I’ll have a better idea of what each of them pairs well with or how to recommend one based on someone’s palate.

And that’s the most I could ask for.

So with ALL that said, while I continue to collect my cheap or maybe not so cheap wine, I do accept and encourage wine donations.  

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