I love wine. Red, White, Sparkling- it’s all good as long as it’s not too sweet. With all apologies to my dear sister-in-law Linda, I do not drink Moscato or White Zinfandel or anything that makes me reminisce back to my high school years of drinking Bartles & Jaymes wine coolers.
The beauty of travelling in Italy is that I usually just go for the house wine and it is always pretty good and pairs quite well with the local food. When I do buy bottles, it is often times at a vineyard and I have just tasted the wine that I am about to purchase. That really does take the mystery out of the whole process.
Shopping for wine at home is a totally different story. Sure, I have my favorite go-to wines. But sometimes, I really would like something new and different and I wander aimlessly through rows and rows of bottles, inspecting every label and in the end coming home with the same wines I always buy. I curse myself every time, longing to be more adventurous, wishing that the liquor store had a wine guardian angel to guide me along in the process. Thankfully, all that has changed.
Now I have a wine guy. His name is Gary. Those of you in the social media world have heard of him I am sure. Gary V. has a new venture on Instagram and I encourage you to check it out. It’s called Wine Deals and everyday (often a few times a day), he posts a deal on a wine that he has selected. He describes the wine, the nose, the taste and what it will pair well with. All you do is follow the link in Wine Deals Bio, enter the promo code and fabulous wine is delivered to your doorstep with free shipping. This week I got four bottles of Tuscan red for $27. I trust Gary’s assessment of wines. He is honest and down to earth. This is not Wine Spectator. It’s wine for real people.
Thanks Gary for making my Friday family dinner even better! Salute!
What are you drinking this weekend? Let me know in the comments below.