Wednesday, May 7, 2008

TT #8 Things I like about Wine

I'm sorry; I just had a hard time with this week's theme. I just couldn't think of something "gross" to write about. I looked at all angles, but I just couldn't get it. I know some of you will be very creative, and then I'll have one of those "why didn't I think of that" moments.

However, I finally remembered that I have at least 144 bottles of wine in my collection. Does that count? Then how about

Thirteen Things I like about Wine

  1. Vineyards. I have visited one or two in the past, and I will be tripping to Napa in August. That's where it all begins.

  2. Labels. I love wine labels. In fact, I am drawn to purchase sometimes because of the label--or the name. Vintners know that, do they? Some labels in my cellar---Running with Scissors; Sixteen Hands; Red Truck; Jest Red.

  3. Corks. I save them and recycle. I make place card holders and trivets.

  4. Color. I love the colors of wine, and isn't it interesting that some of our favorite colors are named for wine--burgundy and claret, and champagne.

  5. Boxes. I love the box a case of wine is packed in. I use them to transport wine glasses, and they are great for packing books.

  6. Stemware. I just refuse to drink wine from anything else. I have some great acrylic wine stems that I travel with, and I love to pull them out at a picnic, or on the boat, or at a casual party.

  7. Bottle bag. I have this great Reisenthel Bottle Bag. Made of canvas, it has nine compartments. I can put four of my acrylic stems in it, a couple of bottles of wine, a corkscrew, a bottle of water, and a bottle of aspirin (which reminds me not to have too much fun)---and I'm ready for the party!

  8. Atmosphere. There's something about wine that begs for atmosphere, and sometimes wine is the atmosphere. Don't you feel special with a stem of wine in your hand?

  9. Cheese. To the old saying from The Rubiyaiyat, "a loaf of bread, a flask of wine, a book of verse, and Thou", I would have to add a wedge of cheese. For me, it would be a boule of Tuscan bread, an English Stilton, a montepulciano d'abruzzo, and Emily Dickinson's verse.

  10. The buzz in the room. I love the sounds in the room an hour into the party when the wine has put a glow on those gathered.

  11. Corkscrews. Have you ever seen so many kinds? Often, the simplest ones are the best.

  12. Wine quotes. I love wine quotes. Some of my favorites, and shortest, are: In vino veritas (Pliny); Wine is bottled poetry (RL Stevenson); I love everything that's old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines (O Goldsmith); and It is well to remember that there are five reasons for drinking: the arrival of a friend; one's present or future thirst; the excellence of the wine; or any other reason (Latin saying).

  13. Thou. See #9. Wine is best enjoyed with others.

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n said...

I do that too! I buy wine because of the label! I keep toying with the idea of making some kind of collage or display of wine labels but I don't know how to get them off the bottles ion one piece.

That's very green of you, to re-use corks. I have noticed, though, that so many vineyards have given up using real cork and are using plastic imitation corks, much to the annoyance of Portugal, which supplies 90% of the world's cork.

Nicholas said...

sorry, I didn't get my link in properly.

SandyCarlson said...

With you on all of the above. Cheers!

Lori said...

Im more of a Tequila girl myself but man does my Mom love wine:) Happy TT.

Ann Bruce said...

I so understand #6. I started drinking more just so I could justify buying the Denby stemware.

Michelle said...

Nice list! What isn't to like about wine? (except, for maybe, red wine stains..)

Elaina said...

I agree with it all especially # 13.

Thanks for stopping by.

pussreboots said...

Bring lots of water and sunscreen for your Napa trip. It will be hotter than blazes in August. Happy TT.

B Boys Mom said...

Yes I have bought wine because of the label. Just don't tell my husband. I love the taste of wine. I never thought of all the stuff that goes with it. Happy TT

YellowRose said...

I do the same, I'll buy a bottle of wine just because of the name or the way the label looks!! Usually that's how I find a relaly delicious wine! :)

I collect the corks too, I have a big bottle in my kitchen I keep them in for decoration. But I like your ideas!!

Great TT!!

Picturing of Life said...

great post of wine :D

Will you visit mine, gross theme Thanks

SJ Reidhead said...

I love the corks!

Oh, I have a pink cork-screw.

The Pink Flamingo

Hootin' Anni said...

...and a thoughtful toast along with it all.

My 13 is a gross group of funny advertisements I made up for fun, and using this week's 'gross' theme for T-13. Hope you can stop by.

Sassy Mama Bear said...

Definitely a good twist on the theme, it was a difficult one for me too, so I have a rather boring TT up this week @ The Cafe.
I used to have a good start to wine collecting, but then we started savoring it. Need to start again. My son loves to collect the bottles.

Phyl said...

Awesome post...congrats on being a featured T13er:).

Amy The Black said...

Wine in cooking, too, is very nice. I sometimes like to challenge myself when choosing wine: I select the label to match the main course. My favorite: a mixture of Shiraz and Cabernet from Australia.

Kat's Krackerbox said...

I never did acquire a taste for wine but do love the various colors it comes in. Congrats on being a featured TT!!

Harmony said...

I've wanted to learn more about wine! I usually pick bottles based almost solely on the label! There are some cute ones :)

the teach said...

kay, excellent post about wine and enjoying ANY TIME! Yes indeed! My TT13 isn't about gross either. Thanks for participating in my what if meme... :D

Celticlibrarian said...

I love wine labels these days. Some of them are quite simply works of art.

Happy TT!

Alice Audrey said...

It's a whole culture - a way of life.

Unluckily I'm a Carlo Rossi at the grocerystore type.

Monday through Sunday said...

Most excellent! We actually have a vineyard not far from my house.

siteseer said...

I'm definitely not an expert of wines and I like it occasionally. We actually have a few bottles in the cellar with Elvis labels lol. They probably taste like vinegar by now.