Friday, October 15, 2010

I’ve never been much of a wine drinker…actually, I know nothing about wine. Lately though I’ve been taking the taste buds out for a spin and trying a few different ones. I find I mostly like the Zinfandel ones that are strawberry flavored. (Well this is all true about the not being much of a wine drinker if you discount the fact that I fell in love with Asti Spumante years ago…we’ve never had a close relationship, but if it was around, I was all for drinking some).

Anyway, with my new found desire to just maybe have a wine early in the evening, I learned there isn’t much of a lady like way to open it. The other night when the kids were here playing music with their dad, I thought “Ah Ha!!!, I’ll go open that bottle of wine I bought and drink some”. Now mind you, around here beverages usually open with a flip tab so we’ve never actually had a wine bottle opener to get the cork out so now my quandary was how do I get this out. Well, I can tell you digging with a knife, doesn’t work nor does a screw driver.

Soon the oldest son came in to get some coffee and saw me wrestling with the bottle of wine. I asked him could he help. We got out the can opener from the drawer (not the electric type, but the manual ones that you pierce a can with). I was thinking the sharp end of that might work. Nope, it didn’t.

Finally, son asked if I had a screw
…I did. Yeah me, I have one of those white plastic drawers under my laundry folding counter that is full of screws, nuts, bolts, cords or just anything that is left in the house by the hubs that doesn’t find it’s way back out to the garage even if it’s suppose to be a garage item.

Okay, so he screws the screw into the cork with the screw driver. Tried pulling…the screw pulled out of the the cork! The screw wasn’t screwed in far enough, but there was hope because there was enough of the cork left for a second try. Now screw is in further and son pulls on it. Now he’s a 42 year old man with some pretty good muscles, but that cork wasn’t budging. I was not about to give up because by now, I really needed a glass of that wine.

So, I remember I have a pair of pliers that the hubs got me for Christmas or some other holiday once, and I get those. Son uses them to pull on the screw. Finally, success!!!, the cork is out and I can now have a glass of wine from my wine glasses we got years ago for a house warming gift or wedding, who remembers?

Since then, I have purchased a wine corkscrew, and I tried using it all by myself…and it was a struggle. I thought I’d end up just breaking the top off and drinking, but finally that cork gave way. (since then I’ve seen a video on YouTube that you can just push the cork into the bottle, who knew?)

I find that if I’m going to drink a nice glass of wine in the evening, I either need to buy a bottle of wine that is for old folks that has a screw cap or call on the closest male with muscles.