My kitchen is always well stocked, both with food and ingredients to cook with and, of course, wine. My house would be empty without wine. We probably have at least about 200 bottles of wine in our basement; nothing particularly fancy, but all good wines that I can enjoy at anytime. No matter how your day is going or what you have going on, wine is always the answer to whatever questions you may have. Being originally from Southern California, of course I am partial to the great wines of California, especially a rich, buttery, oakey, golden chardonnay, but that does not mean that I don’t enjoy great wines from other ares and varietals as well. A rich Malbec from Argentina to go with Steak Chimichurri; or an Italian Proseco with quiche or pasta; a good Australian Shiraz with some grilled sausages and a grilled potato salad is always a good choice as well; or even a well-chilled, fruity sangria shared with friends out on the deck; it doesn’t matter, it’s all good. I enjoy most wines, but on the rare occasions when I find something that is completely unpalatable to drink, I can always find a way to cook with it and no one will ever know how disappointed I was with it in the glass. I also make and bottle my own wines, with the guidance and grapes from our local vintners. I have created my own unique blends as well as made “wine-in-a-kit” as my husband calls it. Some of our own wines and labels are featured in the picture below. No matter what kind of wine I am drinking or what I serve it with though, the best way to enjoy it is when it is shared with good friends and family and those that I love.
With this much wine around, this also means there are a lot of wine corks around. I re-use them as well, in as many creative ways as possible. I hate waste, and try my best to always re-use everything at least once. This is a trivet made from a picture frame and wine corks. Some have even said they want to hang it on the wall as art. Variety is the spice of life, and that’s what make things interesting.
So raise a glass and give yourselves a toast. Salud! A votre sante!