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13 September 2014 @ 11:17 pm
Alcohol, that party time necessity?  
I met up with Seanie and his best pal Josh after work at Rock Bottom Brewery today, and ordered some girly little candy-flavored cocktail. Josh's eyes nearly popped out of his head.  "Y'know," he said, "I think this is the first time I've ever seen you with a drink."

I was surprised.  True, I'm not much of a drinker, but we've known each other for years.  Surely at some point...?
But perhaps not.

I'm really not much of a drinker.  I can't tell you the difference between the flavor of whiskey and rum.  I've never played beer pong.  I've been buzzed but never stone-dead drunk.  I just prefer tea and fruit juice to beer and wine.  

Sometimes this huge hole in my knowledge seems like a problem.  Los Gatos is a wine town, hands down, and the fact that I don't know anything about it does make things difficult.  If someone offers a glass of chardonney or pinot, the best answer I can come up with is, "The red one?" - which I'm picking only because the white wines that my mom likes always taste like vinegar to me.  I'm not saying that I want to become a wine fanatic with a dedicated cooler in my house, but I should probably learn enough about wine so that when someone says, "This California Zinfendel is especially peppery" I can understand what is meant.

There are tons of local vineyards, so I really don't have an excuse not to attend a few wine tastings and start figuring out.  I suppose I'll file this thought away on the "to do" list and perhaps start exploring.
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kerokerotab on September 22nd, 2014 06:16 pm (UTC)

kitty and I would definitely go with you :-)

broken: i <3 jack!!liich on September 23rd, 2014 02:28 am (UTC)
i'm from the niagara region of southern ontario....it's about as wine as part of italy....

i don't drink (i have tasted, tho) b/c the idea of being anything than sober makes no sense to me. i don't get enjoying one's body's reaction to a toxic chemical.
i also think i'd be a very awful person if drunk.

i also find wine particularly disgusting - it's extremely bitter to me (like, make-me-involuntarily-gag bitter) and i find most people seem to drink it, not to enjoy, but for the status they think comes with it.
so i'm pretty darn 'meh' when it comes to wine.

so, i say, don't feel bad for not knowing much about something you hardly consume anyways.
if you really are interested in learning the different types and tastes, go for it and have fun....but don't do it b/c someone else seems to know more about it than you.....just, don't feel pressured into it. or anything for that matter. :D

hahaha, it sounds like i'm super concerned about wine....but, more so, i'm concerned when someone may feel pressured to do something they don't want to. haha, it's my bit of rebellious side....i would purposely not learn just to spite any of those people who pretend they're wine connoisseurs. we have a lot of those types around where i grew up....when they start being all snooty about their wines, i like to tell them that i find wine gross! hahaha. even ice wine, which is apparently really sweet, is extremely bitter to me. haha my mouth is broken!!
Suzik00kaburra on September 23rd, 2014 01:34 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure my attitude would be unpleasant if I ever got drunk, too - all the nastiness would come bubbling up to the surface and in the end, I'd have no friends left.

I am curious about wine, because I'm curious about food in general, but it's one of those interests that would probably go unexplored because it doesn't seem particularly urgent most of the time. I feel the same way about varieties of roses or painters from the German Expressionist - interesting, but not something to rush out and research right now.

Whenever I go out to networking-type events in the museum world, people drink like fish and it's nearly always wine. I want to find some wines that I like enough to drink during these events because some people give you a bit of a side eye if you don't partake. So yeah, I guess that's a bit of social pressure. I don't mind it, though; it's just part of that business culture, for better or worse.
broken: i <3 jack!!liich on September 26th, 2014 01:35 am (UTC)
different for something like that. same as if a european or something offers a glass to you....sometimes, for cultural purposes, it's better to just sip at a glass.
i've discovered that wine with food is tolerable to me. something with the mixing of chemicals in my mouth works really well....but when i'm done the food, wine is gross again.

i think zinfandels are those that people who don't drink a lot of wine will drink. and rosés. and i think higher numbers are sweeter. i know whites are def lighter than reds. but i'm not 100% sure about any of that. hahaha.

being down in cali, are you at all familliar with ice wine?
Suzik00kaburra on October 3rd, 2014 11:06 pm (UTC)
I am vaguely familiar with ice wine - I just know it's a dessert wine, and that we definitely don't make it here in Cali :-p Never had it, though. Have you had it? Is it good (with food)?

brokenliich on October 21st, 2014 08:12 pm (UTC)
sorry, i missed this one....

i've had it once. a friend of the family got married - her dad was a grape grower, her new husband's family owned a winery....the gave out ice wine to everyone!
i am not someone to ask about wine as they all taste gross and bitter to me.
on the other hand, my dad and sister said it was really sweet like syrup!

i know some people like it on ice cream!
jeanniejeannietran on September 23rd, 2014 05:43 am (UTC)
Most wines taste like the shipwreck, just really alcoholy. There's just variations between bad and not so bad, and the people who claim to taste peppery notes or other bullshit flavors are just being wine snobs. I've had super expensive wine ($500+ bottles) to two buck chuck cheapo wine and it tastes the same. Notes of peppercorns? Hints of clay? Why are these things I would want to taste in a beverage? But I bet you would like sangria, where it's mixed with fruits and other stuff to make it sweeter.
Suzik00kaburra on September 23rd, 2014 01:19 pm (UTC)
I do like sangria!
Especially the fancy-shmancy peach ones people make. Yum.

I know that the "not so bad" wines are tolerable; I had wine almost every night in Italy because it was cheaper than a glass of water and that was fine. (Limoncello, though...too sweet!) I don't know what they might of been because I ordered "house white" and "house red", but I know there are some wines that I don't mind and I should probably find out what they are called.
broken: i <3 jack!!liich on September 26th, 2014 01:36 am (UTC)
hee hee hee awesome review of wine!!!!