End of year bits and pieces – Wine Time

My naivete about wines goes back many years but I will say I have gotten better.  When I was living in Missouri I only knew about certain wines based upon what a server at a restaurant would recommend (sometimes that being the expensive stuff not the good stuff) and when I would visit state wineries and sample their wares.  One winery that will always remain dear to my heart is the St. James Winery in St. James, Missouri.  Why? Because the last years of my fathers life were spent at the veterans home in St. James, Missouri… just on the other side of the highway.

Every time I would go visit him (an almost two hour drive from where I was living) I would drive right past the winery so of course I just had to stop and taste and bring home a bottle or two or three.  They made some great grape juice which the then kids would inhale; I had to take to hiding bottles from them to make it last until the next visit to Grandpa.  I started out enjoying their sweet reds and then moved slowly up to the semi-sweets and then dry.

Wine shock happened when I moved to Ohio and discovered that not only did they not carry my then favorite wines but that because of certain laws I couldn’t even order it.  Woe was me.  I have since learned so much more about wine and have developed new tastes but whenever we would drive to Missouri I would stop and pick up a few bottles of my old faves and bring them home.  Since we fly more than drive that has pretty much come to an end.  I love to visit the wine section at the local stores when I am home for a visit and smile at the St. James bottles.  Shopkeepers probably think my cork is a bit loose but I don’t care.  I’ve experienced wine shock in reverse now; some of what I enjoy in Ohio I cannot find in Missouri.  How interesting.

On this most recent visit home I saw this display and was sorely tempted to try it but I didn’t have anyone to share it with (not to mention I don’t really like sweet wine anymore) so I just smiled remembering my visits to my father and walked away.  Lately, I’ve found that one or two of the wines from St. James are available locally but they are the too sweet for me varieties but whenever I pass them on the shelves as I go scouting for my favorite Cabernet, I pause and say hello.

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  1. #1 by Timothy Price on December 28, 2016 - 12:41 pm

    Winer! 😉 Real wine shock comes when you move back from Spain and find out the cheap $1 to $2 a bottle wines you wouldn’t much bother with there is $12 to $15 a bottle here, and the $3 to $5 a bottle wine that was quite good isn’t available in the states. They don’t use oak in Spain, so that’s a taste you have to get used to for many wines in the states. Did you get to try any of our local green chile or red chile wines while you were in Albuquerque? Both are quite interesting.

    • #2 by imagesbytdashfield on December 28, 2016 - 12:46 pm

      I found out about rum shock when we used to be able to bring bottles back from the Caribbean vs even trying to find them here let alone the up pricing! I couldn’t find any place that sold the green or red chile in smaller amounts than a case at a time 😦

  2. #3 by bedlamanddaisies on December 28, 2016 - 2:22 pm

    What a nice memory. I’ve yet to learn much about wine, but do like when I come across one that I really enjoy. 🙂

    • #4 by imagesbytdashfield on December 28, 2016 - 3:07 pm

      Thank you. In the end it’s all about do you want to drink it 🙂

  3. #5 by Beauty & The Beat on December 28, 2016 - 3:25 pm

    I couldn’t imagine moving somewhere and not having access to my favorite wine! Never tried the brand in the photograph before. #blmgirls

  4. #7 by ChgoJohn on December 29, 2016 - 7:14 pm

    I admit to being a wine neophyte, Teri, but am lucky to have friends that are very well-versed. They allow me to concentrate on the menu while they discuss this or that red’s merits. Works for me. 🙂

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