It’s probably no secret I’m a big fan of wine and will drink it almost any chance I get. Growing up in northern California within 2 hours of wine country aka Napa meant I was in close proximity to some incredible wines.
My mother lives about an hour north of Napa in what is known as Lake County. In that region are even more fantastic wines I’ve tried.
Late one evening hubby and I were talking about our wine consumption that night and I whined I was just not buzzed enough.
It was one of those nights where getting toasted was a good idea, though for the life of me I cannot remember why. He suggested I open the remaining bottle: A 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon by Obsidian Ridge.
Knowing this wine is $25 a bottle and it was our last one I said, “That is the kind of wine you sip and enjoy, not the wine you drink to get wasted.”
Then it occurred to me that we usually decide what we want to buy based on what our mood is that night. These wines are broken into three categories:
Just Want to Get Drunk
These are usually the wines in the $3-5 range. The two buck Chuck if you will. The wine you probably would hide from your friends (unless they’re like you) if they came over because 1. You don’t want them knowing you drink cheap, crappy wine and 2. You don’t want them thinking you’re a cheap lush.
You buy them because life has been hell lately and you just need to guzzle a bottle of wine because your broke self can’t afford a bottle of good tequila (not that José Cuervo crap).
The trouble with these cheap, crappy wines is that you either wake up with a wicked hangover or a pounding headache that coffee alone cannot and will not cure.
More often than not while you’re reaching for the bottle of Ibuprofen you’ll ask yourself, “Why the HELL did I do that last night?” and promise you’ll never do it again.
Following a particularly rough week and an almost empty bank account you will repeat this process again next week having not learned your lesson.
A Buzz is Nice, But You Want a Little More
These are the bottles that typically range from $5-12. They’re usually decent and pleasant to enjoy on a lazy Friday night and just classy enough to show up at a friend’s party with a bottle (or three) in hand.
They can give a great buzz if you’re looking for one but you usually won’t wake up with the pounding headache.
The exception to this is if you’re a snob who has grown so accustomed to expensive wine that you consider $5-12 wines cheap and shitty. If that is you, you probably need to lighten up.
Every so often these wines will end up in the “Just need to get drunk” category because, frankly, the thought of drinking a bottle of Beringer makes your stomach turn.
No offense to Beringer, by the way. They’re decent but not how this wannabe wine snob rolls. The Big Kahuna wines from Fresh & Easy are much more appealing to me.
The “No Buzz Necessary” Wine
These wines are in the $15 and up category. You don’t buy them because your boyfriend just broke up with you and you have an overwhelming need to get drunk. You buy them for the taste, the ambiance, or to look like you might actually have money in your pocket instead of moths.
Whether it’s to showoff at the next dinner party or relax at home over a nice steak dinner, the “no buzz necessary” wines are all about sipping slowly and simply enjoying the wine. It’s certainly not for chugging down then later parading around in a drunken haze.
Regardless of what you drink and why, wine is always a good thing to have on hand.
My tip? Keep a few bottles of each type of wine at all times if you can. But please, hide the cheap stuff unless you can also show a few bottles of the good stuff.
I will say, though, that the cheap stuff is good for when you have that one friend you’d rather not share the good wine with or is too much of a wine dunce to even understand what good wine actually is. In that case, a bottle of Boone’s Farm might be better. Just sayin’…
Do you choose your wine based on your mood or are you more of the sit back and enjoy type? Share your thoughts in the comments.