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Never Have I Ever... Wine Edition!


#1

It’s Friday, so I’m in the mood for a daft game!

I’m not sure how many of you have ever played the more traditional Never Have I Ever drinking game, but rest assured this version doesn’t include any irresponsible alcohol consumption! :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: They also play this a lot on Ellen/YouTube:

The game is simple: we simply state a wine-related activity we’ve never done/experienced which we think other people will have, e.g ‘Never have I ever… accidentally smashed an expensive bottle of wine’ or ‘Never have I ever… harvested grapes at a vineyard’.

If you have done one of these, feel free to ‘like’ the post, or reply giving any details of the event in question if it’s a particularly good story, then whoever is first to reply can give their own ‘never have I ever’ scenario (Never have I ever… drunk a wine that’s older than me… etc) and the game continues.

I’ll start (in the hopes you’ll join in!):

Never have I ever… used a sabre to open a bottle of Champagne. (I have seen it go spectacularly wrong, though… :laughing: )


#2

I sabred (or rather 'kitchen-knifed) a bottle of bubbly this summer. It was a Jacob’s Creek fizz that someone had brought to a party some five or six years ago and had been duly ignored. We were clearing out the shed, and I spontaneously thought I’d try it. Did it first time, but have tried properly several times since without success!!

Never have I ever … drunk a wine from before the 1912 vintage (it was a La Tour Blanche Sauternes that was interesting, though well past it!). I’m sure someone must have drunk something older!


#3

Did you not try that H&H Century Malmsey Maderia from the solera from the Paris Exhibition of 1900? Grapes in that solera would have been added in the late 1800s.


#4

Nope - missed that one! :roll_eyes:


#5

Never did you ever! :smile:

(Psst @M1tch , if you did try that malmsey, I think this technically means it’s your go:wink:)


#6

Ok ok lol

Never have I ever…found a Riesling I didn’t like :smiley:


#7

I have not liked this particular Riesling:

Never have I ever… opened a Magnum or a larger bottle


#8

That’s easy - have opened plenty of magnums!

Never have I ever… Sent a wine back in a restaurant


#9

Many years ago I sent back a bottle that arrived with the wine about the temperature I normally drink tea. Turns out their wine rack was next to a radiator! Switched to beer…

Never have I ever bought (or sold) wine at auction. I find the whole idea a bit scary!


#10

Only once: an impulse bid on a certain famous Sauternes way out of my price range! Thought the bid was so low vs the market that I’d never get it… of course I then promptly did and was forced to reacquaint myself with my university-era dietary regime for a little bit. No regrets, but for some reason haven’t been tempted to do it again :flushed:

I’ll serve an easy one from my salad bar: never have I ever had wine with any meat dish!


#11

That’s nice ‘n’ easy! :smiley:

I have wine with meat dish usually on Tuesdays, and on Saturdays when my daughter is at her dad’s. She became veggie last year - and so we always eat veggie food (which we love anyway) when she’s with us - which is half the week.

My favourite recent combo of meat and wine was Moroccan beef tagine with a bottle of 2014 Clos de Siete Malbec Blend

Here’s mine: Never have I ever had a wine from my birth year (1974) - though rumours are it’s probably not a bad thing!


#12

Yeah, I got caught with this once - a case of Talbot magnums at a silly low price. I bid, then realised it was Connetable Talbot and was priced about right. The result - I still have 3 magnums waiting to be drunk. Didn’t really want them and couldn’t really afford them at the time but to be fair it was a good wine and is likely to still improve


#13

I have had two wines from my birth year - a Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1961 from Château Mont-Redon, shared with the winemaker Jean Abeille in his cellars in 2000. A magical moment, and one of THE highlights of my wine life. The other was a magnum of Cheval Blanc 1961, shared with Pierre Lurton after a tutored tasting for members that Sebastian Payne and I hosted in 2005 - I enjoyed the company but was mildly underwhelmed by the wine.

I have also drunk two Ports from the year of my conception (Taylor’s 1960 for my parent’s Golden Wedding, and Graham’s 1960 for my 50th birthday). I have a 1961 Cálem Colheita Port standing by for my 60th.

Never have I ever … crushed grapes with my feet.


#14

Not sure @Ewan’s birth year counts … I actually had wine from @Inbar’s birth year, a Barolo… might have posted about it here as it was an odd sized bottle. I let @ewan get away with this for the sake of this thread.


#15

I guess it all depends on whether one interprets the challenge as one’s birth year, or 1974 specifically… :wink:


#16

As you gave the vintage (a spectacular one)…


#17

REALLY??? I have :no_mouth:


#18

And I, several times. Why not? You must have had a faulty wine (unless you mean that you don’t drink wine in restaurants?).


#19

Me too, in France, with our crappy French trying to explain to an unbelievimg and possibly uncomprehending member of staff, and being overheard by the whole restaurant. Excruciatingly embarrassing but we did get a replacement bottle.

Never have I ever tasted a Chinese wine.


#20

I have it was woeful …
Never have I ever gifted a bottle of champagne