I may be the first in line to drink wine regularly, but like my father before me, his father before him and perhaps down the line, I am not a wine connoisseur. As a matter of fact it wasn’t until recently when I was breaking bread with my Italian tailor Luigi that I fully grasped the concept of letting a wine breath before indulging. “The wine has been sitting in the bottle for five years or more.” Luigi said. “It needs to breath.” It made perfect sense. So when the waiter poured him a glass, he held it, smelled it, swirled it, took a tiny sip, approved the choice and then let it sit for a good 15 minutes. I thought a glass of wine tasted better as a drank it because of the effect of the alcohol, but it was in fact because of the alcohol was breathing.
This is one of the nice benefits of being a Costco member. You are not going to brag to your guests that the delicious wine they are drinking came from a warehouse where you also get your toilet paper, but you could. Costco has a great system for sharing with you the ratings of the wines they sell and that makes you an educated buyer. We regularly buy 6-10 bottles of various labels that range from $10-$20/bottle and the taste always takes me back to my days at the villa. Close your eyes and you can almost hear a woman screaming at her husband in Italian. Not everyone gets to live that dream but we can live part of it, right here, right now, just start wine-ing!