Drinking Alone

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Personally, I never pass up an opportunity to enjoy a good bottle of wine.  Whether I’m out at dinner with friends, kicking back at home with bae, or heating up leftovers alone.

There’s a strange taboo about consuming alcohol alone.  Some believe it increases the likelihood of alcoholism.  My opinion is it’s not drinking alone that get you in trouble, it’s drinking too much.

Overindulgence of any single thing is hardly ever good, so it’s always important to know your limits.  Make sure you know when to stop.

I typically have a glass while cooking, and that can kick up a serious buzz by the time dinner’s ready.  I take care to pace myself during and after dinner so I can still enjoy the rest of the night aware of myself and my surroundings.  Even when relaxing at home, I can’t help but pair my wine with a light snack like a rich piece of chocolate or even some fruit so I don’t get too drunk too fast. Honestly, for me, pairing my wines is one of my favorite ways to experience it, so it’s a regular habit of mine.

Sometimes, after a long day, I like to unwind with a glass.  I’m also careful not to chase my feelings with wine, as that’s never the best way to solve that problem.  I prefer to journal, until I’m a bit more relaxed, then cap it off with a glass of my favorite stuff while cuddling up on the couch with my favorite TV show.  It helps me sort things out and not get all foggy headed while still having a problem to solve.

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So today, I had wine with my breakfast.

And I’ve never felt more free.

About a month ago, my car got repossessed. It took a lot of work and stress to get it back.  I was all set, with a new part time job alongside my full time job to get things back on track.  I made plans payment arrangements, budgets.  I had entire workbooks filled with my future.

Then, this past Tuesday, I was involved in a car accident.  All parties involved made it out alive and in one piece, but somehow the brand new car I haven’t even owned for a year yet was totaled.

All wasn’t lost, but it’s gonna take a bit of waiting before I get off this new detour.

Needless to say, life is different for the moment.

Still, I feel like things are still on the up and up.  I’m working my way toward financial freedom (ask me how), I can see the horizon, and it’s super bright.  I realized I’ve worked this hard all this time just to get more stuff, when all I really want is the freedom to enjoy the “stuff.”

Freedom to enjoy my life.

Freedom to enjoy my family.

I got out of bed and went to the kitchen to make breakfast.  I made eggs and toast for my son, and was about to make the same for myself when I remembered I had some BBQ chicken in the fridge from the other day.  I decided to make that with my eggs, and in feeling so free I wondered what was stopping me from having a nice glass of red with my breakfast.

Not a damn thing.

So I squirted my eggs with some sriacha (I might be obsessed), shredded some chicken beside it, poured me a glass, and enjoyed the beginning of my new life.

A life of freedom.

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Initially, I was overwhelmed by all the options available.  What if I didn’t like it?  I didn’t want to waste money on entire bottles of this mysterious stuff and watch them turn into vinegar in the back of my refrigerator.

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My first red blend

 

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Geja’s Big Bold Red

Big. Bold. Red.

So far, I’m speechless.

Smooth, definitely bold, and hot.  I felt it right down to my stomach.  I can’t pin down the flavors, which is a typical issue with blends, but I want to say there’s definitely some cherry in here, and something else savory, maybe the oak or even leather.

I heard somewhere that its a huge no-no to chill your reds.  But, doing so won’t kill you.  It just makes you some sort of weirdo 🤡🤓😲 or something.  I enjoyed this room temperature.  And it definitely didn’t disappoint.

Wine Insiders definitely got it again!  So good I had to buy another!

The Key to Enjoying Wine


When it comes to enjoying anything, the best things about it are completely up to you.  Some people enjoy wine for the sensory experience, some for the buzz, some for the connections you make while enjoying it with friends.  Whatever you make it about, always remember that the major key to enjoying wine is to have an open mind.

Enjoyable flavors vary from culture to culture, and what you may be used to may be hard to find in even the finest of wines.  For example, most people enjoy drinks that are sweet, and expect that since wine comes from grapes, it should be  sweet in every instance.  Sweet wines are only a fraction of what’s out there, and don’t always fit every occasion.  Some meals are well-complimented by something dry (which means not-sweet), earthy, or even spicy.

Enjoying the many flavors and aromas in wine may require some retraining of the palate.  Like I mentioned, you may be accustomed to certain flavor profiles and wine might not fit within that.  All the more reasons to start new adventures!  Your best way to start retraining the palate is to keep an open mind about what you expect wine to taste like.  What helped me tons along the way was just getting out there and trying new things.  The reading I’ve done (Including this scratch and sniff book I found, lol) was a great start.

After a while, reading about flavors was confusing without engaging my sense of taste.  Once I got my hands on some of the good stuff, I did what I read the pros do: swirled it around in my glass, sniffing for aromas, I took my time tasting and really reflecting on what came through on my palate, and I even had fun with pairing with foods I enjoyed, to see if it was indeed a good match.

There’s a whole world out there to discover drinking wine, especially if it’s something new to you.  The best place to start is in a glass!

And another one…

We tried another white blend, this time, from France.  Via Wine Insiders, of course.

On first glance, we almost thought it was a rosé.  Once we got the bottle out of the box,  it soon became clear that its a typical white table wine.  Under the screw top, the fragrances were honestly muddled.  It took a few swirls after the initial pour for me to recognize peachy and floral aromas coming up through my glass.  My colleague also noted that there were a few bubbles present, too.  I could feel them on my tongue, which made for a velvety feel.  As far as flavor, it was flat, dry wine.  Not unenjoyable (that’s not a word, but you get what I’m saying), but not the least bit exciting.

We each tried a glass and wrote it off, unimpressed.  I put the cap back on it and left it in the fridge.  The other night, at dinner, we decided to finish it off (these tasting bottles start to add up when you don’t finish them in one sitting ).  On second taste, after chilling more thoroughly, we were able to enjoy this wine even more.

Hence, the importance of serving wines at the right temperature.  I’m well aware that white wine is to be served chilled, however, how chilled is the question.  As someone who does not carry a thermometer around regularly, I have to say I tend to guess at these things.  I thought we were ok with it being a little cooler than room temperature.  I was wrong!

To eye a good temperature on your white wine, make sure the bottle is “sweating;”  there should be a little bit of condensation outside of the bottle and then subsequently on your glass.  It may seem trivial, but it makes a world of difference.

Not only did we find this bottle, once chilled, refreshingly crisp, but it also paired well with some orange juice, making for a satisfying take on a mimosa.

Happy to share all of my experiences, good and bad.  Happy tasting, and don’t forget to chill your bottles first!