Today’s Reason To Drink

I predict wine and cheese in my future.

I read an article today on VinePair, courtesy of the Mark Brown Industry News Update, that wine is going to get more expensive very soon.

Not only because of the fires in California, but also because of several severe weather instances and natural disasters over in Europe as well. The article states:

Europe as a whole is experiencing its worst grape harvest since 1982, which is big considering that France, Italy, and Spain produce more than half of the world’s wine. All of Europe is expected to produce 14.5 billion liters of wine, a 14 percent reduction from 2016, according to the European Commission. CNN Money reports that Italy has suffered the worst dearth of grapes, producing 21 percent less liters of wine than in 2016. France and Spain aren’t much better off, and are expecting to produce 15 percent less volume than in 2016.

Ack! Part of me wants to rush out and buy up all the 7 Deadly Zins at Costco for $9.99 a bottle. But the other part of me realizes I have no place to store all that wine, and no budget to buy more than two bottles at the moment. Hell, I can’t even afford a membership to Costco.

Maybe when I go to Huber’s this weekend, I’ll load up on blackberry and strawberry wines — but wait, we’ve had no major natural disasters here lately. Shouldn’t Indiana wine costs remain about the same?

Is there anyone in the world right now, other than the owner of an Indiana winery, asking that very question?

Doubtful.

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Today’s Reason To Drink

Summer bliss.

Took a spontaneous trip to Huber’s Winery last Sunday and it refueled my fire for wine, cheese and ice cream.

Of course, it was hot as balls and I got eaten by mosquitos, but I enjoyed sitting at a picnic table sipping on blackberry wine and eating cheese pizza and homemade blueberry ice cream.

Is it better in the fall? Of course. But it’s not terrible in the summer.

Peaches were in season and the wine-tasting host was generous.

Today’s Reason To Drink

I often drink The Whole SheBang, much to my head’s demise — the next morning.

SheBang is one of my favorite red wines, and if you happen to see me dining at Dragon King’s Daughter in the Highlands, you can bet I’m drinking a glass (OK, bottle) of it. I’ve also seen it at the Wine Market next door to Big Bar, and it’s at all the major liquor stores, too, including that East End behemoth Total Wine & Spirits.

For a California Red, it’s spicy, thick and smooth. It reminds me of a Zinfandel — like my other favorite 7 Deadly Zins — but is even more approachable for non-wine drinkers, and it pairs well with those Asian-fusion ginger chicken tacos.

Try it next time your at DKD or at the liquor store!