Friday, February 6, 2009

Beware of the Wine Burnout

Earlier this week, we opened up a bottle of Chateau Ste. Michelle Ophelin. We had served it at the wedding reception and because we purchased all our own alcohol, we overbought and ended up with about 8-10 bottles of each of the wines we had served. (in addition to cases of beer, half-gallons of liquor, etc) Well, because we only had the capacity to store 56 bottles at the time, the wedding wine was pretty much what we drank for a while. As you can imagine, we got really burned out from it-we almost dreaded drinking it. (Imagine-dreading a wine!!) After that, we steered clear of the wedding wines for a little bit, even when we had them, we didn’t really appreciate why we liked it so much in the first place.

Well, I think we’re officially over the Wedding Wine Burnout, because when I had the Ophelin I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it so much. We had the 2004 at the wedding and this was the 2005, so there’s one difference, but overall, I really liked it.

However, it did make me realize that I really enjoy a variety of wine and makes me think twice about stocking up on cases- I don't want Wine Burnout again!!! Of course, unless I can either split cases with people OR until we have a larger area to store them. Splitting cases will work in the meantime, so if you have some wine loving friends, next time you see a sale of something, particularly stuff you can’t get in your city, go in on a large multi case order. We did that recently with 3 other couples/people, and ended up with 2 bottles of this, 4 bottles of that, 6 bottles of this, etc. It’s a really nice mix where we had enough to drink it when we wanted, but not too much that we felt like that’s ALL we could drink.

So…next time you find a favorite, beware of the Wine Burnout. It could happen to you.


LucyinStLou said...

I'm not sure if we had a burnout moment but we ordered a bottle from a case. We LOVED this wine and the bottle was opened was, well, it wasn't great. I'm not sure if that particular bottle didn't travel well or if we were just the victims of burnout.

SpaceStylist said...

There has to be a way to start a wine co-op. Who needs a holiday cookie exchange when you can have a wine exchange... Luckily until that happens, our wine store will give you 10% off on a mixed case. Thanks for posting! Love your blog...