I faced a dilemma and I chose; I chose to swap the 10-litre (yup 10 litre!) box of white table wine I had for, wait for it; ......... a full case of french Domaine de la Ferrandiere Grenache Gris plus 4 bottles of Ernest & Julio Gallo White Zinfandel plus a 5-litre box of Rose as well as a half full 5-litre box of Rose to add to my already relatively recently well-enhanced stock.
Whilst none of it could ever be considered fine wine, in the snobby sense, the stuff in the box is very drinkable, a lot of people love the Ernest & Julio Zinfandel and the unknown quantity, the case of Grenache Gris is apparently "A superb Rose. Paler & more delicate than most. This wine has a lovely soft delicate creamy - even toffee - flavour. Superbly dry & with delicate fruit & freshness. A lovely little wine to savour on its own on Summer Evenings........" according to York Wines.
Admittedly, it is a shit-load of Rose to be consumed by one household (when that household consists of one householder only!!!) but the summer approacheth fast, thank God and my beautiful new garden and table and chairs await the assured bon homie that so much wine can bring forth!
As I just put my new wine rack together I can now categorically confirm that the current wine count in Curly K's house stands as follows:
- 6 bottles of Champagne (including a special Brown Thomas edition Millienium bottle, with one earmarked as a present for my friend who got engaged recently)
- 1 bottle of sparkling white wine (cos even though this gal loves Champagne, the real thing is too good to be drunk alone but sparkly I can drink alone, guilt-free)
- 11 bottles of red wine (including 3 different bottle of Châteauneuf du Pape, some Saumur and a couple of Crozes Hermitage)
- 4 bottles of white wine (recently Curly K has been favouring white wine, hence the low numbers but I do have a little gem of Vinho Verde from Portugal - very difficult to get here in Ireland, a nice Samur and a nice Vouvray in there)
- 19 bottles of Rose
- 5 litre box of Rose (boxes are incredibly handy if you live alone and don't want to open a nice bottle only for some of it to be left to go off during the school week!)
- 3 litre box of Red
Houston, I think we might have a problem here, that's only the wine count of alcohol in Curly K's house and does not include the usual drinks press stuff like Gin, Vodka, whisky, or even the two bottles of Brittany Cider in the press!
Seriously, though, how does one best store wine in a standard 3 bed house with no garage, no basement etc.? Methinks the wine rack in the kitchen may not be the best place. Answers on a postcard please.
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