Not many can claim such a refined pallet.

February 23, 2014

refined pallet

In 2013, my wife and I made a different type of New Year’s resolution.  Rather than working on changing ourselves, we decided to focus on spending time together and trying new things on a monthly basis.  As anyone with young children knows, time is always at a premium and we wanted to make sure we had some time reserved for us.  We ended up spending our “us time” reading some new books, cooking a few interesting recipes, and creating a handful of surprisingly beautiful art projects – all together.

It was obviously a more enjoyable resolution to keep than loosing weight or exercising.

For 2014, we wanted to try something that would continue focusing on the time we spend together as a couple.  We settled on a bi-monthly wine and cheese night.  This is a pretty big area of novelty for us because, until now, we have both been non-drinkers.

So far, the cheeses have been quite good (with the exception of a gruyere that smelled/tasted like a dirty old gym sock wrapped in a dirty old jockstrap).

The wines have been a bit more hit and miss.  We tried a very dry red which was fairly harsh.  There was a pink moscato that was very, very acidic.  The two ice wines we have sampled both proved to be quite tasty.  We even bought an expensive aged tawny port that tasted exactly like prune juice and gasoline.  The best so far was a nice Moscato d’ Asti – very light and sweet.

When ranking our picks thus far, we discovered that if we simply listed the wines from the lowest alcohol content (5%) to the highest (20%), it correlated exactly from our favorite to least favorite picks.  The less alcohol in the bottle, the more we enjoyed it.

Essentially, we like grape juice.


  1. Reblogged this on PLTvietnam.

  2. This is a lovely idea. I might introduce this idea to my husband.. 20% alcohol! Wow! Stay away from that stuff 😉

    • It has been fun lots of fun so far. Much more enjoyable than watching TV or finishing chores when the kiddos are in bed.

  3. Interesting. I’m not a big lover of wine but I’m tempted to test your findings.:-)

    • We are definitely not lovers of wine either (as we are finding out), but sampling is fun anyway. 🙂

  4. Funny drawing 🙂

  5. I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. The rules are here:http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/vba-rules/ Great job!- Rebecca

    • Thank you very much. I am quite flattered by the gesture!

  6. Sipping through your blog puts me in a reflective mood. I feel as if I have just enjoyed my favorite merlot (actually I don’t have one yet-it’s a work in progress as long as the progress doesn’t cost more than $20 for a bottle). Thank you for this post and for your thoughtful blog. Great illustrations too by the way. 🙂
    new blogger, old wine drinker

    • Thank you for the very kind words. I hope your search for the perfect sub-$20 merlot bears fruit. If it does – make sure to share what it is. 🙂

      • You’re most certainly welcome. And I’ll let you know if I ever find the perfect low-merlot (hey, there’s an enticing wine label) as long as I hit the keyboard before I’ve hit the bottle 😉

  7. Oh! Your doodles look like fun. I found your blog in my list of recommended ones (thank you, WordPress bots) & I’ll be following you from now on. Out of curiosity, do you use a Sharpie for your cartoons?

    • I have used different pens over the time spent posting on this blog. Currently, I am favoring a Faber Castell fine-tip drawing pen. It doesn’t bleed when I begin a stroke like the sharpies do. Thanks for the question and glad to know the wordpress bots are pushing my blog. 🙂

  8. Re: your idea of a wine tasting and cheese tasting night, that sounds great, might suggest it to my wife. (We also have young children and know the value of time together.)

    You’ve mentioned that you’re not finding any wines that are suiting your palate. Just wondering if you’ve tried any from the McLaren Vale wine region of South Australia? I can recommend ‘Church Block’ from Wirra Wirra wines, a very nice red. Or ‘The Custodian’ from d’Arenberg wines, quite smooth and very drinkable.

    I’m not sure how available Australian wines are where you live, but I’d encourage you to give them a go, I know from personal experience that they are worth a try, and you just may find something that appeals to you.

    • You’re the 4th or 5th person to recommend Australian wines! I will have to check it out. We have a surprisingly decent wine selection in our little town. I think the liquor store might be one of the largest single-purpose shops we have, haha.

      Thanks again for the suggestions – we will definitely check them out. 🙂

      • Your welcome, I’ve had plenty of experience with Aussie wines (being an Aussie myself). (Ps did you know that an Australian winemaker invented cask wine? (Or box wine? ))

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