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May 20th, 2006


Something that has eluded me over the past five years or so is the way wine has really taken off, and nudged its way into popular culture. Although I haven’t seen it, a quote from Sideways seems appropriate: “I am not drinking any fucking Merlot!”

I guess part of my lack of interest in wine stems (ha!) from my lack of interest in alcohol. I drink maybe a beer a month, maybe, and that’s it. So it makes sense on that level that I’m not terribly into wine.

Above and beyond that, though, I think I’m a little put off by the entire hipster/yuppie wine culture. I know, I know, I don’t instantly become a part of said culture if I just have some wine. But it’s like a clique or a club – and trust me, I’ve already got enough of that happening with the computer stuff. Also, there’s just too damn many wines. There are stores full of nothing but wine. And, probably, a continent somewhere.

On top of that, I just don’t find many of the wines I’ve had to be very good. I admit there have been a few I’ve liked (particularly rieslings), and I’ll be a sport and have wine if the social situation calls for it. But, to be honest, I’d be happier in a social situation where wine was an option amongst many other beverages.

And, I’m old.

So, wines? No thanks.

Posted in Food and Beverage

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday May 20, 2006 -- 12:52:28 pm
Don't like wine, LOVE "Sideways".

How in the world Paul Giamatti did not win the Oscar, I will never know.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Sunday May 21, 2006 -- 11:10:12 pm
I have had a few glasses of wine that I really liked, but for the most part wine is pretty nasty. Unfortunately, the wine that I liked was at weddings, so I am not sure what kind it was. Also, alcohol in general is pretty weak. I would much rather have pineapple or grape juice or stick with water.

FROM: Greg
DATE: Tuesday May 23, 2006 -- 2:21:34 pm
Paul, some helpful hints for wine drinking.

1. Go to a wine tasting. There are so many different wines with different flavors, there's bound to be at least one that you might just like. Not all wines or winaries are the same so it will be hit or miss depending on which winary you go to. It will be nearly impossible to find a wine you like from parties or ordering in restaurants. Plus, wine tastings are a good way to get a free buzz.
2. If you do find a wine you like, avoid the "hipster/yuppie wine culture" by drinking it out of something like a Solo cup.
3. Don't let some snobby waiter tell you how to drink your wine. If you want a white wine with your steak (not that you eat much steak) or a red wine with your pasta, that's your choice. I like my red wine chilled which offends so many people for some reason.
4. Maybe wine just isn't your thing nor is it for a lot of people who drink it. Just remember (start sarcasm) it's more about how you look when you have wine than the taste.

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