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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.

When my wife Bindu and I traveled through Italy in October of 2017 we regularly ordered a glass of red wine with dinner. It was always the house wine which was always spectacular and more or less the cost of bottled water. If my perception is accurate, wine consumption in Europe far exceeds its consumption here in the Untied States. But why would that make it cheaper? That does not fit the law of supply and demand. I don’t know the answer to that question but what my wife and I have learned is that you don’t have to spend big bucks to drink nice wines, especially if you are drinking at home. 

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!

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