Better late than never!
Have you made your New Wine Resolutions?
OK, it’s a bit late for January 1st but almost in time for Chinese New Year! It is surely time we all committed ourselves to some New Year’s Resolutions, if you haven’t already!
I have many (all wine related), and up first is…
LESS TIME DRINKING, MORE TIME SHOPPING…..
Most of my wine comes from the aisle next but one to the tea and coffee. I spend only a few minutes scanning the shelves and then promptly place random bottles into the trolley. This is no way to shop for wine! This is not a criticism of the supermarket. I cannot believe how complacent I have become about choosing wine. I couldn’t even tell you what influences my choice, although budget does come into it.
I have tried local wine retailers (but that requires ‘extra’ time, who has that), and I always find the experience disappointing. Not necessarily the wine, but just the visit to the shop. Recently it dawned upon me why this is. I am comparing the experience to something with which it is not comparable. In my younger years (not that I am particularly old, but I was definitely young then), I was Assistant Manager in a branch of Oddbins. I LOVED that job!! Now when I go to buy wine, that is the feeling I am trying to recreate. If anyone can match that for me as a customer, I imagine my bank manager will tut and roll his eyes!
I am happy to say that I have joined the Wine Society (round of applause please)! To date I have made only 1 order (2 mixed cases - ‘hand picked‘). I find myself a little overfaced by the choice! I received many recommendations via twitter which was amazing, and I have already found a few favourites (including the one below), but essentially buying from catalogues and websites doesn’t do it for me. I want to go nose to nose with the labels, to touch the bottles! Yes I know that‘s odd, what did you expect?
I was especially excited by The Society’s Vin D’Alsace 2010 at £7.95. Mostly I was surprised by just how ‘taken’ I was with this wine. I don’t often choose to drink white wine these days, particularly over red or my beloved fizz, but this one is worth changing your ways for as far as I’m concerned. The Wine Society describe the wine as:
A blend of sylvaner, riesling, gewurztraminer and pinot gris with a touch of muscat from the venerable house of Hugel. Vivid lemon yellow, beautifully floral nose showing the complexity of the five grapes that continues on the palate. A greenhouse of summer fruits in a glass, and a total delight.
I couldn’t have put it better myself. No seriously! I’m awful at describing wine! However I’m not entirely sure what ‘a greenhouse of summer fruits…’ means! But all in all, I am essentially very impressed with the Wine Society and will soon be making my second order.
So getting back to the point (I’m sure I had one). Time is precious and there is precious little of it, but surely it’s better to spend more time finding the right wine and less time drinking the wrong wine! If I only enjoy 1 bottle of wine each week that I haven’t tried before, I will consider this a huge achievement on my part. Small fries for some, walking on the moon for me!
So Happy New Year, thanks for reading and if you have some wine resolutions of your own or have comments on mine, please share. I have some more too, which I hope to share over the coming weeks.
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