04/08/09 – it’s the economy, wino (so drink what you have)

By Jesse on April 3, 2009

Everybody’s got that dusty old bottle of wine laying around that they’ve been putting off drinking for months now. A recession might be just the time to open it.

vintagewinebottlesForget the articles that list all kinds of great values for $8 or $10 or $12… why buy something new when you can drink what you already have? In a recent blog post, Alder Yarrow of Vinography encourages his readers to preserve their budget by drinking that bottle they’ve never gotten around to opening:

Buying wine and not drinking it is a crime nearly as severe as buying a Ferrari and not driving it or owning a great record collection and not listening to it. Yet so many wine lovers, even those who don’t consider themselves to be “collectors” can quite easily fall into the trap of finding the acquisition of wine easier to justify than its consumption.

Also, as some of you may have been aware, last month marked the tenth annual “Open That Bottle Night,” a nationwide initiative, started by two Wall Street Journal columnists, to drink the wine you’ve been saving for that special occasion. If you missed the date, this is your chance to OTB!

Please bring any bottle you’ve been saving for a while, along with the story of where you got it (and why you haven’t drank it). Ideally, the wine was kept in some kind of reasonable environment… the Chilean Shiraz that’s been in the back seat of your car since it fell out of your grocery bag nine months ago might not be the best bet. Skip the Sauv Blanc that’s been in your fridge since you moved into your new apartment, and instead bring that bottle that’s been gathering dust on the floor of your closet. (If you don’t have such a bottle, then this week might be a good time to bring a $10 spot.)

We’ll be meeting at Jessica’s place in WestHo. The RSVP system functions like this: if you want in, you click on this link and tell me so (don’t forget your full name, e-mail address, and a cute message conveying to me your intentions). If you’re denied entry due to a meeting exceeding capacity, don’t worry — you’ll be at the top of the list the next week.

Once you’ve gotten your confirmation e-mail, dig out that dusty bottle from wherever it’s been sleeping — or find yourself a $10 bill. We’ll see you Winos on Wednesday night.