Thursday, January 24, 2013


Jennifer Zander Wilck of Fried Oreos is our host this week for The Writer’s Post Blog Hop.  Her topic is popularity.  Although, this is probably not a conventional take on the subject—here is what came to my mind first.

Merlot pic              VS        Pinot Grigio and Pasta

I have a love of wine.  Oh no doubt, I know many others do too, yet my love of wine has generally been the love of red wine. In particular, a good bottle of Merlot will make my night, ANY NIGHT, unless I have to work then I have to refrain.  BUT that said, it is extremely hard to pass up a bottle of Merlot, when nothing is planned for the evening.

And I can’t just open the bottle and have a single glass. No.  That would be sinful.  To open that bottle of Merlot would mean that the 11th commandment kicks in, “Thou shalt not waste a good bottle of wine.” So I am sure to keep my commandments, especially the 11th commandment and drink the entire thing.

What do you mean you never heard of the 11th commandment??  Okay, well, trust me…I got us covered.

I have never been particularly fond of white wines. I am not sure why. I do not like Champaign or any of the other drier white wines like sherry—but a wine tasting event led me to try a Pinot Grigio and oh my, I found bliss in that bottle of white wine. Oh my heavens, I do believe a 12th commandment should have been made, something like: “Thou Shalt try Pinot Grigio in your life time”… or something like that.  I have to tell you it has become almost as popular in my wine selection on my evenings off as the Merlot—and that is really saying something.

In all honesty, I don’t drink very often, not as often as this blog post would make you think.  Blame it on all that stuff I have planned every time I have a night off…with five kids, something always seems ‘planned’ or comes up out of the blue.   I can think of three occasions in 2012 that I even opened a bottle, all of them at the beginning of year.  Twice, I wasn’t even home, I was out on a date with my hubby and since I was eating steak, Merlot was my choice for the evening.  The other time I chose to drink wine at home, I selected a Pinot Grigio to enjoy.  And to those of you who know me—that is just a huge change from the way I once was.  After all, I always drink a Merlot, when I’m just enjoying wine.

For various reasons, I haven’t had any wine since.  Blasphemy, I know…but I keep collecting wines.  Each time I go to the grocery store, I stroll through the wine section, seeing what is on sale, and deciding if I should buy another bottle of wine.  The answer is very often “yes” and my collection builds.  I don’t always buy just Merlot or Pinot Noir’s.  I have various types of wine in my collection, including, but not limited to imported wines.  However the two most popular wines in my collection are definitely, Merlot and Pinot Grigio.

As of my last count I have 14 bottles of Merlot and 12 bottles of Pinot Grigio, among other red and white wines I have saved up.  Clearly the Merlot is my most popular wine in my wine collection, but that Grigio is a very close second.  If the right sale hits, it may not even be that way for very long. 

I wonder if my local grocery store realizes they are driving the popularity contest between Merlot and Pinot Grigio in my home?  Okay, well, no… probably not…but if they DID realize this fact, would they change their sales techniques?  Hmmm..that is something to ponder heavily the next time I open a bottle.

What am I saving all that wine for?  I have no clue…but if anyone wants to have a big ole party—I think I’m well prepared.  And I’m sure a party with that much wine just might make me popular for an evening.  LOL.  I just need a night off and a babysitter, and I’m all set.

What is your take on popularity?

Do you have a popularity contest running in your home?

If so, what is it?


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Jenn said...

You were in France in college??? I am so jealous. I'd love to visit there someday. I'm ready to party-- it has been too long (and my wine rack is getting full!!

Jenn said...

Lager as in Beer. I am not a big fan of beer...or Lagers I don't think, but I did try a Bananna Nut Bread beer at the World of Beer the other night and holy cow that was WONDERFUL. My husband wants me to try another one there the next time we go--but I hate to spend that kind of money on something I might hate. LOL. Thanks for sharing Paula :)

Michelle L said...

Like everyone, I appreciate recognition and being appreciated...but I really don't care for popularity contests. I like being liked for who I am!! Thanks for sharing, Jenn!

Debbie Doglady said...

It is among the driest, yes. If you prefer a bit fruitier, then Folonari is a good bet.

Jenn said...

Then I will be on the hunt for Folonari :) Thank you for coming back and letting me know!! Cheers!!

Corinne Rodrigues said...

Haha, I enjoyed this. Now I'm thinking you'll throw us all a party someday soon, Jenn! ;)

Jenn said...

Thanks Corinne :)

Kathy Combs said...

You are definitely the expert on wine in my list of friends! I loved reading this and about your passionate collecting of wines just in case one of those off nights come along or an appropriate occasion presents itself. If I ever need to pick a wine, I am giving you a shout!! :D


Jenn said...

You know you can give me a shout ANYTIME and not just on wine :) But I'd be happy to make suggestions--I have found that everyone has a different it is kind of a drinker's preference thing--but always happy to make a suggestion if needed !!

Daphne Steinberg said...

Keep in mind, Jenn, that wine can go bad, so you really ought to drink those bottles up! (Or is it drink them DOWN. What's the difference, eh? LOL!) When you crack the bottles of Pinot, think of me. I love a good white and I really enjoyed reading your post. L'chaim! :-)

Jenn said...

Yes, I realize some of it can (some ages well)...that said--I might need to get a move on that party!!

Joan Robertson said...

Hi Jenn, we must be soul-sisters! That could be me talking (or writing!) Chile is a wine-producing country, very good by the way! And I have gone through all those experiences you include in your post. A comment on wine getting spoiled: red wine needs to be consumed as soon as possible, but white can de stored in the fridge for a longer time if you have one of those bottle tops that seal real tight! I have also gone off white and generally stick to red, but I'm willing to try anything that goes! Have a good day and enjoy your various wines!

magicalmysticalmimi said...

I can't ever pass up a Reisling or Moscato. Sadly I only use a glass to drink these because I don't want to appear to be the town drunk swiggin' straight from the bottle.. But I could! These two wines are like giant wine coolers to me and it is dangerous to have more than 2 or 3 bottles at a time in my house! :) - Love this post. - Oh and my daughter-in-law works for a winery, she organizes the wine tastings. :) I love her... :)

Joyce said...

Although red wine is supposed to be healthier, I prefer white wine. I love champagnes too. I vote you open a bottle of red this weekend and enjoy being indoors during the storm, if it's in your neck of the woods. If it's not, have a bottle for Valentine's Day. You might as well drink it because you can't take it with you.

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