Well, this blog is call Wine After Whine, so I guess it's fitting for me to share my Wine List and my Whine List with you. My 'Wine List' being the wines I absolutely love and my 'Whine List' being the top things that really get my goat!
* Piper Heidsieck
Well this is pretty much my all time favourite champagne. I love it so much I named my first born after it!! Just kidding, she's named after the character from Charmed but that would have made a cool story. Even Marilyn Munroe loved Piper, once declaring 'I go to bed every night with Chanel No.5 behind my ears, and wake up every morning with a glass of Piper Heidsieck'. That sounds like perfection to me, but it's usually out of my budget, so she is reserved for very special occasions only.
* Bird In Hand Sparkling Pinot Noir
Funny story behind how I first came to try the Bird In Hand Sparkling Pinot Noir. I had Qantas Frequent Flyer points that were due to expire and because they were accumulated by shopping at Woolies, not actual travel, I didn't have many but still - I did not want them to go to waste. So it was straight to the wine section, I had enough points for one whole bottle. I pretty much favour anything sparkling over still when it comes to wine, life's better with bubbles I think, so I added the Bird In Hand to my cart, waited for it to arrive and after the first sip - it became one of my faves.
* Barefoot Sparkling Pinot Grigio
Another little story to go with this one too. Last Christmas my family and I decided to have lunch at the local RSL and my step-mum & I decided to share a bottle of bubbly (I'm so lucky Mr Whine doesn't drink - means I never have to be the designated driver!). I went over to the bar to choose something awesome but there were no choices. The Barefoot Sparkling Pinot Grigio was it, so that's what we went with. When the bartender told me it was $12 for the bottle, my first thought was 'Wow, that's cheap! Bet it tastes like crap.' Nevertheless, it was all they had in sparkling wine by the bottle so I took it back to the table and prepared myself for a mediocre experience. Well, you could imagine my delight when I tasted it and discovered it was worthy of a spot on my 'favourite wines' list. The only problem - none of the local bottle shops where I live stock it. Thank goodness for online shopping!
* De Bortoli Prosecco
Can you believe that I only tasted my first sip of Prosecco just last year? Yep, and it was because there were a few Piccolos included in De Bortoli's Wine Advent Calendar that I discovered my love for it. Can you imagine, all those years without enjoying Prosecco? What on Earth was I drinking?! There are some fantastic Prosecco's out there but I keep coming back to De Bortoli's. It's super refreshing and great for sharing amongst friends (or not, I'm not good at sharing my wines - especially those on my faves list). It also retails for approx. $14 a bottle which I think is amazing value.
* Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc
You may have noticed by now that my preference lies with sparking wines but I do enjoy switching to still every now and again. I pretty much steer clear of Chardonnay and Riesling, just not my style. Sauvignon Blanc is my absolute favourite still white variety and Oyster Bay's Sauvignon Blanc never lets me down. Deliciously refreshing and bursting with tropical fruit flavours, it just about pairs with anything.
Shiraz is my choice or wine when it comes to still reds. I just love the rich, bold flavours it offers. As you can see I haven't listed a favourite label. Penfold's Thomas Hyland Shiraz was my go-to red to warm me up on a cold winter's night, but I'm thinking they have discontinued it as I haven't been able to find it anywhere for quite some time. I am in search of an amazing Shiraz to take it's place so once I have found it, I'll be sure to let you know. In the meantime I'll have fun sampling and shopping around!
Yep, straight up, first on my 'Whine List' is cooking. I don't like cleaning either, but to be perfectly honest I would actually rather clean than cook. The reason for that is simple - I suck at it. I burn toast, and lots of other things, and when I steam veggies they are either still raw or completely limp. I'm not really sure how I ended up with the cooking job in our house. Hubby use to do all the cooking until our kiddies came along and then suddenly it became my job. Time to hand it back to him I think. Wish me luck with that.
* What's For Dinner?
Ohhhh, the question I hate most about the task I hate most. I legit start breathing fire when I'm asked that question. It's usually hubby that's asking and my response is somewhere along the lines of 'Well since you asked I'm now going on strike and we are having nothing for dinner, feel free to make yourself a sandwich'. He's left standing there with a blank, puzzled look on his face and I can tell he's wondering in his head, 'Did I say something wrong?' but at this point is too afraid to verbalise it. Well buddy, how about I ask you the same question tomorrow night?
Ok so we are opening a big can of worms with the mention of the 'T' word. Seriously, I have a lot of questions for the person who invented telemarketing. Like, what planet are you from? And how could you possibly think it's a good idea to call people the minute they finish work and start pitching sales at them? I especially love the ones that call and start with, 'This is not a sales call' - Oh, that's a relief! Now I don't have to hang up on you after all - let's have a half hour chat about the weather, shall we? Ooooh and then the other ones that open with, 'Is this a good time to talk?'. Well, I've not long walked through the door after an 8hr day at work and a 45 minute battle with 5 o'clock traffic. I'm now pleading with my children to get their homework done whilst trying not to burn the house down as I cook dinner, so no, it's really not a good f*%king time! 'Ahhh, I apologise for that, when would be a good time for me to call back? Would the same time tomorrow be better?' Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!
* Unexpected Visitors
If you're thinking stopping by unannounced because you're in my hood and that I might be pleasantly surprised by your impromptu visit - think again. Unless you are happy for me to talk to you for approximately 90 seconds through the locked screen door - just enough time for me to very unsubtly make it very clear that you should have called first, then this is a very bad idea!
Not exactly sure why this bothers me so much. Maybe because my house is never clean or because I'm almost always in my pyjamas unless I have to go out, but basically if you're friends with me and you'd like it to remain that way - don't rock up on my doorstep unannounced …….. unless you've brought wine (preferably one I've mentioned above!).
Well, that's enough whining for now. Is it an acceptable time to open a bottle of wine? Of course it is. Cheers!
Wining and whining my way through life.