Wine Talk

Snooth User: spikedc

A little Thank You !

Posted by spikedc, Mar 1, 2011.

Since I joined Snooth in November 2010 my list of recommendations from you all has grown and grown, i am trying to make my way through the list but considering i only get through about 1 or two bottles a week it's going to take me a long time. Although I cannot speak about wine as eloquently as most of you the knowledge and advice that's been given has now stopped me buying bad/run of the mill wine. I'm learning all the time and I know the only way to gain more knowledge is to taste as much as i can but I must say I am really enjoying myself in the process.

It's also got me thinking how much wine you guys drink/taste in a week for pleasure or business.


Reply by Stephen Harvey, Mar 1, 2011.


For me it roughly looks like this in a work week

Mon-Wed generally AFD's [Alcohol Free Days]

Thursday - Usually share a bottle of white and red with my frearless leader

Friday - Depends on events etc probably between 1-2 bottles over 3-8 wines

Saturday - similar

Sunday - variable probably a bottle over 2-3 wines, but at events same as Fri/Sat

Off Course if there is any structured wine events the no of wines can multiply

If touring a wine region I can taste up to 30 wines in a day [generally I spit out if tasting and then enjoy drinking for dinner.]

And off Course there is the odd beer or two mixed in

Reply by Girl Drink Drunk, Mar 1, 2011.

I can only say how much I WAS drinking.

I tasted >50 wines per week, usually swallowing,  and probably went through about five bottles personally.  Let's just say my liver is rather thankful for this baby.

Reply by dmcker, Mar 1, 2011.

Not any for business at the moment, though I do still help the odd restaurant with their wine lists or libraries. In the past I've tasted 20-30 a day over sometimes a couple weeks at a time, but those days are dim memories at the moment.

Now I drink just for pleasure. Probably three to four bottles a week at the moment, though like Stephen those aren't full bottles by myself, but rather portions of shared bottles.

Tonight I'll likely have some wine that a Swiss friend's father made in the Bernese hinterlands, at another friend's 'bisteria' (his vision is a cross between a bistro and a pizzeria). An interesting guy who started in a very formal French kitchen in Tokyo, then worked in W. Puck's Chinois on Main in Santa Monica, and is now back in Tokyo doing his own thing. Fortunately he allows BYOB, though I will likely also order something complementary off the list.

Oh yeah, also a bit of beer (with often tequila or whisky entering the picture at some point). Either Friday or Saturday night ends up going in that direction, depending on the crew I'm with. Maybe another night with Sake, too....

Reply by rolifingers, Mar 1, 2011.
Edited Mar 2, 2011

I need to take lessons on restraint from you guy's, all of my evenings consist of Brandy ( I love Brandy ), Vermouth or Port, a whole bottle of white wine ( Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurtztraminer or Riesling ) and a couple of glasses of red wine ( Cab, Merlot ).

Reply by dmcker, Mar 1, 2011.

Forgot to mention my dirty vodka martini nights, though those are no longer weekly. Nothing restrained about those beer-and-tequila nights, unless it's that I tend to avoid common offers of Jaegermeister shots. And the wine evenings sometimes end with grappa or cognac/armagnac or calvados or rum, especially if a cigar enters the picture.

Reply by JonDerry, Mar 1, 2011.

AFD's to 50 per week, Brandy, Port, Armagnac, Cigars in the mix. 

Good thread...i'm at about 2-3 bottles a week myself, while once or twice a month i'll hit a wine bar and try about 10 on those missions. 

Since my wife isn't really in to wine (she does like white better), I have to drink by myself usually during the week - if the wine isn't that great, i'll pour most of it down the drain.

Reply by dmcker, Mar 1, 2011.

Why not save it for stews and the like, or start a vinegar cask? I've lived in too many places where wine is definitely priced as a luxury to throw stuff out that easily. Then there's the fact that you can make better sauces, flambes, etc. with wine, and homemade vinegar is generally better than storebought.

I just try to avoid buying crap that I'd be tempted to throw out.

Oh yeah, and I guess I forgot to mention that when champagne enters the picture the bottle count goes up--way up....

Reply by spikedc, Mar 2, 2011.

Jon, same here, my wife is not a big wine drinker so although i'm only managing a couple of bottles a week I have to drink it all myself usually with dinner over a couple of nights.

Reply by napagirl68, Mar 2, 2011.

I am very similar in habit to Stephen Harvey's earlier post.  I love wine.  I actually do not touch any other form of liquor, except port on occasion (and I am a lightweight with port!)  It is not a judgement thing, I just don't like other liquor except for wine.  The weekdays tend to be light, as I do work :-)  My fave time to drink wine is while I am cooking a great meal, listening to great music.  I can almost pass on the food!

Reply by Stephen Harvey, Mar 2, 2011.

What is it with Champagne, once you start on it, the day/night seems to spiral in one hellava fun out of control joyride?

Long Live Champagne

Reply by rolifingers, Mar 2, 2011.
Edited Mar 2, 2011

dmcker, aah yes Grappa, Un caffe corretto dopo una buona cena

Reply by dmcker, Mar 3, 2011.

Yeah, we have similar appreciations, roli. ;-)

Stephen, emphasis on the Joy in the ride with champers. Would probably be an interesting read if I were to put out a journal of my times with it and caviar....

Reply by Stephen Harvey, Mar 3, 2011.

Champagne charged journal, maybe then a movie?

Reminds me of our great day visiting Pernod Ricards 2 Champagne houses, Perrier Jouet on Epernay and Mumm in Riems.

10.30am start at PJ's where they treated us to 3 Bottles of 99 PJ Belle Epoque between 7 of us, then of to lunch at the Brasserie Le Crayeres which is the new casual dining part of le Crayeres where we were treated to a couple of bottles of Mumm da Cremant, a wonderful lunch then a tour of Mumm followed by A couple of Bottles of 99 Mumm.

Finished the day back in the little town of Etoge which is ~25km south of Epernay drinking a local champagne in the Graden surrounding the 15th Century Castle we were staying at

A remarkable day, needless to say the ending was memorable


Reply by hhotdog, Mar 4, 2011.
Edited Mar 4, 2011

hmm...bottle and a half a night split.  weekends are another story.  a night out and if i'm not the driver...well things get a little interesting for all involved!  tastings are drink all i taste but not what i don't like!!  i think i dumped one taste that night.  maybe GDP can be a witness to that?  i owe a major bunch of gratitude to all for the great wine that night!!! thanks again to all.

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