I never thought I’d be excited by a liquor store, but I am. Astoria Park Wine & Spirits has free Friday night wine tastings (!), organized rows of spirits and a knowledgeable, friendly staff to give recommendations. Not that I ever know what they’re talking about. All I ever want is a good red wine that isn’t too dry or too fruity (those are the only wino terms I know) and under $20. I don’t know what was a good year for grapes or which wine pairs with which meat or cheese, but if it tastes good, then it’s good enough for me to drink.
We stopped by a liquor store in New Jersey a couple of years ago, where the owner chatted us up for 20 minutes about wine and grapes and vineyards and regions. He was passionate and unpretensious so we decided to go with his recommendation, which we ended up loving. You can tell when someone really knows his or her wine . I always trust the people who truly care about their alcoholic beverages to suggest something worthy.
Admittedly, I’m romanced by certain locations and terms. If it’s a “wonderful red made from exclusive grapes in remote countryside in France that has a full mouthfeel” than I’m bound to “ooooh” and “aaaah” over it like it’s the best thing on Earth, although I have no clue what “mouthfeel” actually means.
As you can see, wine is usually enoyed in pajamas in this household. Cheers to comfort!
And to being half way to the weekend.