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Unexpected wine choices

My partner and I have been going out as little as possible as a result of which the ‘middle ground’ of my reds has been hollowed out. This has suddenly led to some pretty binary drinking choices – the stash or the Christmas party leftovers brought by guests. Case in point below. I know some merchants are still making online deliveries – but anyone else experiencing similar choices?!

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That’s pretty binary…and not even a mother in law coming round to dispose of it to…

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Yes we have the same kind of issue. Thankfully we ha e eu out of white cooking wine so one of these will have to do!

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That first choice looks like the step before our society is dominated by roving bike gangs or it’s a zombie apocolypse. Keep the Musar, and put the other in the fridge to dull the tastebuds?

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@Herbster would be torn :joy:

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That Burrier is really gonna make the chicken in campbells soup sing!

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I may have reported this before elsewhere but on a previous trip to my Mam, who has the remains of a decent collection of wine bought by my late father, I spotted a Domaine Thalabert 2009. I stood it up to let it settle, went for a walk and when I returned discovered that my lovely mother had used half of it to make a beef casserole, leaving half a bottle of supermarket red plonk still standing proud on the worktop​:scream: Still, the gravy was great :grimacing:

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Can’t really compare to those, but these two are currently side by side in the wine cage

There’s also a Cremant de Loire from Lidl nestled in between two vintage Champagnes.

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Surely no contest, he’d go straight for the Yellowtail!

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As a 16 year old, the first time I took a girlfriend out for dinner.
The local Berni Inn was swanky enough for the size of my wallet.
We both had a steak, the wine that I selected after due consideration was a half bottle of the house Sauternes!??!:open_mouth:
We had a great time, the wine didn’t matter- we had each other!:champagne::sparkling_heart:
Happy to recount, that well inside a decade, I was drinking my way through a local restaurants entire stash of a very good vintage of Latour Martillac Rouge.
We all have to start somewhere.:wink:
Mine was a learning curve that included the “exponential” descriptor.:grinning:

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In my case that “somewhere” was 2 for £5 in Threshers on Bangor High Street, so you’re already doing better than some!

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I’m worried that I will have similar issues soon. Plenty of wine in the house but the eurocave I tried to get to pay for itself by taking a lot of wines out of storage about a year ago so while it’s full I don’t want to drink anything from it. A lot of it is earmarked to drink with my kids. I might have to go tee total before opening that

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If you’re getting desperate, I’ve more bad news: seemingly Buckfast have stopped producing at the moment and there’s a shortage. Mind you, the correct tasting notes are that it’s more of a drink to be enjoyed in company, ‘al fresco’ maybe at a bus stop or public park. Which of course is against social distancing regulations…

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One tiny piece of silver in the lining is that i am feeling freer to overthrow the tyranny of the wine fridge. i have slowly been coming round to the view that there’s no point in stashing away wine for some hypothetical future occasion that will probably never happen anyway, and this seems like the perfect opportunity for a little recreational iconoclasm.

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Maybe this should be the subject of a future tasting?

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Yes exactly! I’m doing the same, tucking more freely into what we call the ‘red sticker’ wines in our house - the idea being that I should put red stickers on anything over about £12 to signal it’s not to be opened willy-nilly…

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Maybe at bus stops on opposite sides of the road? Surely slurred, public shouting is not too much to ask for habitual imbibers of this gentle tonic?

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“Recreational Iconoclasm Thursdays”

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Maybe at bus stops on opposite sides of the road? Surely slurred, public shouting is not too much to ask for habitual imbibers of this gentle tonic?

Oh, I like this. I don’t have Buckfast but this stuff is an OK replacement, I discovered when I drunk it. If you have any of that in your collection it’ll do. Or for cleaning out the cat’s litter tray…

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Our white wine choices have narrowed down to a magnum of lovely chardonnay, and something that happened when an old uni friend of the other half went through his is-there-anything-I-can’t-vinify phase:

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