As some of you might know, there are four different categories of wines in our house.
Tuesday night wines: (the wine of the night), are typically “you know, wine sounds good tonight” wines. They are drinkable, but are usually mandated by the food being ordered (we hate to cook during the week when we’re busy). The ones I referred to in my comments yesterday were, Hudson Shah Cabernet, Kennedy Shah Merlot, and Hedges CMS Red. These are all under $10 at my favorite big box store and made by very competent Washington winemakers. We have the luxury of having many choices in local wines, here in Seattle, that are easy to find and keep on hand.
Saturday night wines: are for just a bit better bottle. It’s Saturday night! Time to relax and not go to work tomorrow. These are typically $15-20 wines. The food is probably homemade and deserves a nicer wine. Sometimes, I’m in the mood for a nice Chardonnay….sometimes steak calls for a Cabernet or a Malbec. One of them usually speaks to me to come join the fun.
Maybe it’s the weekend and we are entertaining. This is the classification of “Company’s coming- wines”. The bottle gets dusted, set upright and invited to the party. We have a wide selection of new world, old world and local wines to choose from. We enjoy almost every kind of wine, and most regions (Pinot Grigio and Pinotage come to mind as exceptions! Blech). Food is important. It will often dictate the selection.
Last but not least, “Wine Company’s coming – wines”. These are the special ones. What seems to be coming into it’s own? What would our company appreciate. Is it something rarely opened? When or should, it be decanted. I have an online system (another day, another discussion) that helps keep track of all of these things for me.
So….it’s Tuesday. Tuesday night wine it is, although I will wait for Peter to get off work. None of these sound good without someone to enjoy them with.