Thursday, July 1, 2010

Carpe... that cheap wine

A couple of years ago I went on one of those chauffeur-driven wine tours around the Canberra wine region. Despite the lah-dee-dah way that sounds, what it actually meant was Mr Kettle and me cramped in the back of a Corolla driven by a balding middle-aged man named John who took us to Murrumbateman and somehow convinced us to buy half a dozen bottles of mead.

Awesome. Mead.

While I thought, immediately following the trip, that a happy life was one lived without such a trip, I'm delighted to find that finally, finally it's serving some kind of useful purpose.

You see, during the course of the day we did actually visit a rather nice vineyard, with real life wine makers and everything. At this vineyard I bought one of their signature wines, a shiraz viognier. For $75 a bottle I just bought one, and we opened it at the next auspicious occasion (i.e. when the balding middle-aged John finally dropped us back at the hotel).

And the wine? It was red. It tasted like wine. It was gone quickly and we slept well.

A couple of years, a different city and a tank of goldfish later, Dan Murphy's has opened one of their hyper-global-mega wine stores a couple of blocks from my house.

They sell plenty of bottles of wine. Some very expensive, some very inexpensive. Some, like Bowler's Run Cab Merlot 2009, for an embarrassing $2.89 a bottle.

When we saw this surprisingly inexpensive bottle during a recent visit we had a very large laugh then quickly picked up half a dozen of them. For just $17.34 we were the proud owners of six bottles of Bowler's Run's finest.

And the wine? It was red. It tasted like wine. And we had change from a twenty.

The point of all this is that I've decided it's more fun to blog like a $2.89 bottle of wine than to wait for $75 bottles to come your way. I can't tell the difference anyway.


Ramon Insertnamehere said...

I blog like a pork chop.

Kettle said...

Does that mean the vegetarian you who exists in an alternate universe would blog like facon, Ramon?

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

You mean the alternative Ramon who loves owls and votes Liberal, Kettle?

I don't have much to do with alternative Ramon.

squib said...

I think you two always blog like shiraz viognier


Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Is shiraz viognier a good thing, Squib.

Kettle said...

I think anything with 13.5% alcohol or above is a good thing, Ramon.

I'd be happy to have a glass of shiraz viognier while I read one of your blog posts, Squib. Oh wait, you'd have to start your blog again for that, but that's fine with me: you can start your blog again.

Will you start your blog again?

Why won't you start your blog again!

And Ramon, I actually uttered the words "I think I'm going to vote Liberal from now on" over second breakfast yesterday. I was made to leave the table.

squib said...

Is shiraz viognier a good thing

It must be, Ramon. Kettle said it cost $75 FOR ONE BOTTLE

Why won't you start your blog again!

I'm too busy failing to emerge as a poet, Kettle

Kettle said...

Squib I'll pay you $75 if you start your blog up again.

squib said...

Awww, thanks Kettle but, for the price, I think you'd enjoy 26 bottles of merlot WAY more