Activities that DON’T Go Well with Wine!

Previously I mentioned several activities that go well with wine. To conclude this discussion, I want to mention some things you should never do with wine. I’ll of course neglect to mention the obvious like driving and job interviews. Instead I will mention activities that you might not consider on your own, activities that ironically involve wine throughout America and Europe on a regular basis.

Let’s begin!

  1. Homework: University and college students often need a special push to help them get through menial study periods. Wine, of course, can make studying boring stuff a lot more interesting. And there are studies that suggest wine in small amounts is actually good for your memory. But my personal experience says otherwise. I would much rather suggest snacking on nuts, berries and healthy foods while listening to calming music than drinking wine to help with boring studies. Wine, however, is much more appropriate for writing a paper after the studying is already complete. Of course you can take my word with a bucket of salt. This dictum is just what works for me.
  2. Picking Up Dates at the Bar: It’s common for flirting and wine to go hand in hand, especially because wine makes one think more boldly and perforce makes one’s actions more bold. However, depending on the kind of date you would like to take home, overly drinking wine will burden your speech and flirting capabilities rather than enhance them. If you want to impress a sophisticated potential spouse, it’s best to do so with a clear mind. With a clear mind, you can more easily make witty allusions, recite elegant poetry with greater ease, and so on. But if you’re looking to pick up ye olde strumpet, then this dictum does not apply as much. So in that case go nuts!
  3. Vacationing on a Cruise: It’s easy to think that a cruise would be far more enjoyable with wine. You get to see the beautiful sights of the ocean with a giddy heart. But, if you’re like me, a cruise ride without any impairments is much more memorable and productive. A cruise ride, in my opinion, is useful for meeting like-minded people, flirting, reading and reflecting. Though the latter is easier with wine one could argue, all the former are not. So if you have gone on every cruise intoxicated, try it without wine next time and judge how your experience improves.

So there we have it, my conclusion to this discussion with three things you should never do with wine, or any alcohol for that matter. I hope this information makes your life as a connoisseur more elegant. We at Wine Buy the Case hope to see you back soon!

A Tow Truck Driver’s Funny Story About Wine

Yesterday in a wine and beer store I met a tow truck driver visiting from Kamloops and he was a such a friendly fellow that we ended up going out to dinner that night. He had so many stories to share, and I think he liked telling them to me because, well, firstly we had a lot of wine to drink and, secondly, I was so willing to listen. One story about his wine collection in particular was my favorite and I got him to tell it to me again later that night because he agreed it’d be okay if I shared it on my blog about wine. So here’s the story!

For privacy reasons I’ll just call this kind man Jimmy. Jimmy’s a huge collector of wine. In fact he loves wine so much that around Christmas time he tells his employers to give his bonus money all in rare, expensive wines. He’s been driving tow trucks for Kamloops Towing for years now and so between his bonuses and his own endeavors he had gathered quite the collection. But this story get’s funny really fast because at the time his wife, who is now his ex-wife, hated wine and always balked and scolded every time he brought home a new bottle. She was a sober Catholic and thought wine was a drink of the Devil. I don’t know how they ever got married, but anyway Jimmy’s collection was worth nearly $30,000 at its heyday. When him and his wife started having fights, she would always threaten him by saying she would smash all his wine bottles if he didn’t do as she liked.

One day a fight got out of control and she actually stormed down into the basement where the wine was kept, screaming about how she was going to knock all the wine shelves over. Of course, Jimmy rushed down after her and grabbed her arm to stop her and to his surprise she stopped and started crying. They didn’t say another word to each other that night, but something strange started to happen.

Every night Jimmy likes to peruse through his wine collection and choose a bottle to pour himself a glass. He started noticing that wine was missing from many of his best bottles and he was kind of peeved because they weren’t kept properly. His most expensive wines were being opened without being refrigerated and some of them were already spoiled. He asked his wife how this could be, and she said she had a headache and didn’t feel like talking. Jimmy knew this headache of hers was a good clue so the next day he decided to come home from work at lunch to surprise her. He brought flowers as a faint, bluffing an apology for all the fights they had had recently, but what he was really expecting was to find her drunk in the basement.

Sure enough Jimmy came down the steps with the flowers and found his wife passed out in the couch with a bottle in one hand and an ambiguous pleasure-device half deposited in the other. I don’t want to put in too much details in case children are reading but it looked as though the pleasure-device had done its job and she had passed out before taking it out. Jimmy found the sight to be hilarious and he left the flowers by her side and went back to his tow truck.

When he came home that night with Chinese food, he found his Catholic wife praying to God in the kitchen. Apparently she had had quite the trip and thought a ghost had left the flowers for her while she was sleeping and so was praying to God to stop this ghost from haunting her. Jimmy played along, pretending to believe her, but when she suspected that it was him who had left the flowers and that perhaps he had discovered her daytime secret, she stormed down into the basement using her same old threat of smashing all the wine bottles. Jimmy at this point had had enough and he went outside to his tow truck and drove to a hotel to enjoy the Superbowl in peace, knowing his wife would never actually destroy all his wine bottles. He knew this because obviously she was enjoying them even more than he was.

In the morning he went out to work in his tow truck, being the awesome kind man that he is. He towed a bunch of cars around Kamloops and then, knowing his wife had stopped cooking dinner for him several years ago, brought Chinese food again. When he came home he found his wife seated at the table with a rather smug look on her face. She had divorce papers by her elbow and glanced at them before leaving the room. Jimmy took the time to read the papers and stapled to them was a list of all the items his wife’s lawyer had stated she should keep once the divorce was finalized. Right at the top of the list beside “the house” was, of course, “the wine collection.” Jimmy’s heart at that moment went from angry to pure laughter. All this time his Catholic wife had been scolding him about his wine, threatening to smash it all, and now here she was threatening to take it all away for herself.

The end of this story isn’t as funny as all this though. Jimmy got a lawyer for himself and, thank God, he got to keep his house and his wine collection. He changed the locks on all the doors knowing his ex-wife probably still had a key. Weeks passed by and one day Jimmy came home to find one of his windows smashed. Right away he suspected what had happened and went into the basement to find that, indeed, finally, his wife had kept her word. All of his wine bottles were shattered across the floor and there on the couch, beside an old suspicious stain, was a letter that read: “This is what you get for drinking the Devil’s drink!”

Although Jimmy was quite distraught by this, he kept the letter and now he has it framed above his new wine collection. Today he finds that letter to be the most hilarious thing in the world, and he can’t think about his ex-wife for one moment without laughing his butt off.

So there we have it. I hope you laughed as hard as I did when I first heard this story. I’m glad I got the chance to share it!

Activities that Go Well with Wine!

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If you’re anything like my friend Susan then you’d scoff at this and say, “Every activity goes well with wine!” I could spend all my time here arguing why that isn’t true (driving is one example), but instead I’d like to pinpoint 3 activities that wine MUST be included in.

  1. Painting. Painting without wine is like movies without popcorn. You can do it, but the experience isn’t the same. It’s not that nostalgic moment of awe that it could be. If you include calm music, or music that matches the theme of your painting, this is even better. Wine gets your creative juices flowing, and so it’s no wonder why many of the world’s most famous painters loved to combine wine with their painting process.
  2. Planning.  Many call alcohol “courage juice” or “bravery  in a bottle.” The truth is that alcohol doesn’t make you brave or courageous, but is DOES help you think more boldly which in turn affects your actions. If you’re planning your schedule out for the week, doing so with a glass of wine will help you stride forth with bold thoughts, enabling you to plan your schedule the way you want it to be. With wine and a planner, you can conquer the world!
  3. Writing Poetry. With wine in hand, pen in hand, I strive to understand. I write my thoughts, watching flocks, of ducks in the sand. Ah, elegant poetry! Wine and poetry are like bread and butter, baby. If you’ve had a bit too much wine, you may already notice your bold thoughts begging to be expressed somehow. So why not write a poem? Try it! The cool thing about poetry is that you can write whatever you want without judgment. Often you won’t like what you write, but when you come back to it sober the next day you’ll want to share it on Facebook. Trust me!

This blog often talks about wine, but I’m glad we got a post that covers a few cool activities you can do while drinking it. There are bunch of other options worth noting. Walking is a good one, but depending on where you live public drinking might be illegal. I like to go for a walk with a few glasses in me. I find these walks beautiful and very good for the soul. Other good activities are cooking, cleaning, drawing, writing prose, playing video games with the kids, and I’m sure if you thought hard you could build a list of a dozen other activities that are just calling out loud for wine to make them even better. Try a few of them! We hope you have fun!

Company YouTube Videos

I’m going to change the subject a little bit today, just because this has been on my mind, and it’s a bit different so bare with me. Click here if you want to go back to my information about wine.

I find it hilarious how much eaten up YouTube videos get. I mean, everyone loves YouTube right? How couldn’t you? I’ve noticed something lately that has really gotten my attention and I had to rant about it.

Look at this video:

So that’s my best friend’s companies YouTube video. It’s no surprise that it doesn’t have a ton of views, and that nobody really cares. It does have views though, and I find it insane. I didn’t say this to his face, but like REALLY? that’s your companies video?? He’s not filming anything with real value, it’s just 30 seconds of his phone number and some random music; yet people seem to enjoy it.

Did I mention his company is EXTREMELY successful? By that I mean he’s literally one of the best tree service companies in Victoria, British Columbia. Michael (the owner) has done some unreal things with his business that I’ve never seen before. I’ve never seen someone move up the ladder so fast in company size, and this is the video that represents his company…

It just makes me laugh, that’s all. I’ll be back to my wine talks soon. Sidenote: I’m currently drinking Jackson Triggs Pinot Grigio as we speak.

Have a good one guys!

Introduction To Fall

fall-leavesHi, and welcome to November. I’ve always enjoyed this part of the year. I like every season for different reasons, but I especially like the fall. I love the concept of a tree’s leaves dying off, while the tree remains perfectly healthy and regrows it’s greenery when it warms up again next year.

A lot of people tend to get a little bluesy at this time of year, which is understandable. Personally I like to look forward to and prepare myself for next year during this time. I see it as a great opportunity to build a foundation of knowledge for yourself, and utilize the things you’ve learned in the new year.

White In The Summer, Red In The Winter

I tend to follow this trend. Seasonal eating and seasonal wine go hand and hand. You generally eat burgers and different barbecued foods in the spring and summer right? Well guess what goes best with a burger; a good ol’glass of white Pinot Grigio. What do we generally eat in the fall and winter? I usually go for things like: soup, stew, steak and potatoes, etc. Red wine is the best with these times, in my opinion. It’s not like you have to follow this guideline, heck you can go right ahead and drink any colour wine at any given time. I just find it to be much more fitting at these times.

I have personally been shifting back over to red, though I was saying before I was drinking more white. Since I started writing here the season has changed. and as I tend to flow with the seasons; red is now my go-to. I plan to create a massive seafood pasta tomorrow night for all my friends and relatives, and you can probably guess what I’m having to drink.

 

Well, I don’t have too much more to say today. I’d love to hear from you guys, feel free to send me an e-mail, and tell me your stories.

Bye for now.

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Wondering About Quality Red?

Not long ago, in March of 2016 I took a trip over to Shenyang, China to see an old friend of mine who moved there from my hometown; to teach English overseas. I was delighted to see that he was doing great and loving his new home, as I was worried he would be a little lonely. During my visit we saw The Mukden Palace (a.k.a: Shenyang Imperial Palace,) some other cool things and just spent a lot of time catching up and talking about how our last 2 years had been. There’s 3 things I learned while I was over there:

  • Don’t go to jail, if you live you won’t be the same person
  • Crappy food and alcohol are way too affordable, so you have to be careful and disciplined
  • Good quality food/clothes/wine get a lot of effort put into their creation.

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Uses For Barefoot Moscato

Okay, this might be a little too much sugar for some. My advice: Don’t buy ‘Barefoot Moscato‘ if you’re just planning on sitting back to enjoy a nice crisp glass of wine; it’s way too sweet. I was aware of this already but I had to try it, and the sweetness was surely overwhelming.

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See that? That’s an empty bottle of Barefoot Moscato (obviously). Once I opened it I had already committed, and I wasn’t going to just leave it. I forced it down slowly throughout the night, giving as much away as I could, I wanted it gone. I have a pretty strong stomach so I was able to get rid of it without hesitation, however, I wanted to just toss it. It was just bad folks, I would avoid this stuff if you want to enjoy yourself.

I’m not trying to bash the Moscato though. Most Moscato is great sipping wine, and this stuff is meant to be used as an ingredient when baking a cake or something along those lines. I said in my post: This ain’t your everyday ordinary wine blog that I wasn’t going to try and keep it unique, avoiding cliche posts such as recipes, but hey these are my 3 favorites, and probably nobody else’s. Here are a couple great recipes that include this unbelievably sweet wine:

  • Moscato Cake – The name pretty much says it all. Moscato Cake requires 1 package of yellow cake mix, 1 package of vanilla pudding mix, a 3/4 cup of vegetable oil, a 3/4 cup of Moscato Barefoot Wine, a teaspoon of nutmeg and 4-5 eggs. It will take about 1.5 hours to prep and bake.
  • Strawberry Moscato Pound Cake – This recipe requires you to make a Strawberry Moscato Glaze and a Lemon Glaze. Ingredients for the cake are: 4 ounces of strawberries, 3 ounces of Moscato Wine, 7 ounces of Strawberry Moscato puree, a pinch of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 13 ounces of cake flower, 5 beaten eggs, 1 teaspoon of sea salt, 18 ounces of white or brown sugar and 12 ounces of unsalted butter. This is one of my favorite recipes, when baked properly it is the perfect consistency and flavor.
  • Ginger Moscato Margarita – This requires just 1 ounce of tequila, 1.5 ounces of your preferred Moscato, 1 ounce of lime juice, half an ounce of orange juice, a quarter ounce of ginger syrup, a teaspoon of salt and a slice of lime. I’m not sure why I didn’t make these, I think it was just my mood. If you’re having a get together and want to surprise your friends with something delicious and out of the ordinary, refer to this recipe.

My main point of this post was to say don’t buy Barefoot Moscato to drink, buy it to cook with (unless you like very sugary whites). Feel free to contact me if you’d like an extended list of delicious recipes using Barefoot Moscato wine!

Creating Wine

wine-glassAnyone out there make their own wine? I use to sell wine and wine grapes actually, I use to have a ton of grape vines growing in my yard. I was thinking of starting that up again possibly, it’s just so much work that I don’t really have time for; that’s my only issue. I personally had a lot of fun making wine over the years, it can become quite a chore but once you have a system down it’s well worth it; especially if you drink it regularly, it ends up making you money instead of costing!

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This Ain’t Your Everyday Ordinary Wine Blog

I could start spewing all sorts of details and information at you guys about different varieties of wine, but I feel like you could find that kind of information anywhere. I want to create a connection with my readers and actually communicate with you guys. Tell me a story, I’m certainly going to be telling them. If I can bring value to the table it won’t be by telling the history of Vina Eguia Reserva (one of my favorite red wines), or talking about the ingredients or process of making different wines. The way I see it I will spark up more conversations by talking about my personal experiences, opinions and preferences, and then letting you guys talk about your stories. I’m not saying that information has no value, it most certainly does. I just don’t see a point in repeating facts and other things you can probably find on Wikipediaand hundreds of other websites as well.

I would rather come on here and talk to you guys like this, as a person. My purpose of posting today was to suggest a couple of inexpensive wines that in my opinion are awesome, and also good quality – that’s a fact.

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Can you tell I like my Pinot Grigio?

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