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The Wine Sisters' Blog

How Having a House Wine Can Change Your Life

Posted on February 25, 2018 by admin

by Erin

IMG_4103I’m lazy.

It’s a terrible thing to admit, but after denying it for a while, I’ve come to accept my penchant for cutting corners. Why do something in four steps when you can get away with three?

Before I became comfortable with my slothful ways, I would dismiss my laissez-faire shortcuts to simple efficiency, and in a way I suppose in a way they are: I drink my coffee black, partially because I can’t be bothered to wait for a barista to finish building 14 cappuccinos before getting to my order. I discovered the joy of taking the UP Express downtown, because, despite the extra cost, I just couldn’t deal with another TTC disruption. I will forgo an ingredient if it means travelling to a second store (except for that time I walked four kilometres in a snow storm for Chateau de Bourgogne).

And that brings me to the point of this week’s wine musings.

I almost always have a few bottles of house wines at my home. And when I don’t, I’ve always regretted it.

What are house wines?

IMG_4136These are the bottles that you can squirrel away for Tuesday night pizza, or when friends drop by unannounced, or when it’s raining/snowing/too hot outside and you can’t be bothered to leave the comfort of your home.

What you choose is up to you, of course, but for me, I like bottles that are $20 or less, taste great, and are as delicious to drink on their own as they are with a cheese plate, weekday dinner or bag of chips (which sometimes doubles as dinner because, you know, I’m lazy).

I don’t have the same house wines all the time, there’s far too much out there for me to commit to that kind of loyalty. But once a month I stock up on 6 whites and 6 reds of terrific value that I intend to sip over the next 30 days.

Why bother?

I have friends whine to me that there’s no way they would be able to keep a case of wine in their house and not drink it all. I smile politely and recommend a good therapist who can help.

I have friends who suggest buying a case at a time is too much hassle and too heavy to deal with at once. I counter that going to the store every other day is actually more time and hassle, and often inconvenient. What if it’s raining out? As for heavy, I have a dolly to help ease the burden.

img_7283In my mind it’s easier to have a case on hand, than not. I stopped by a friend’s house for a planned visit this weekend, and brought with me a bottle of wine and some cheese. She had nothing in the house except for water, so was grateful (this is not the first time this has happened to me). Again, not just for unexpected visits, or times when your scheduled gets the best of you and you just can’t get to the store, but what happens if you want a second bottle and you don’t have it? Or what happens if you accidentally freeze your wine and need a back up?

(Caveat: house wines are not the wines you would like to cellar long term, or the bottles you will pick up for a special night. Those wine purchases are totally different, and I’ll talk about that another time. House wines are, I repeat, those cheap and cheerful bottles that you enjoy drinking but aren’t precious about them.)

To have a case, or at least a few bottles ready to go simply makes sense. You can swap them out monthly or seasonally for delicious new sipping, or stick to a tried and true favourite. Bottom line: having a case, or at least a few bottles ready to go, simply makes sense. House wine saves a ton of time, energy and stress. Try it out for yourself, and tell me your life isn’t a little easier for it.

My current house wines

2As mentioned, I have a few bottles of white and red (and often rosé and sparkling) lying in wait. This month my white is that lovely Macon I wrote about last week, one of which I accidentally froze, so it was good to have more on standby. You can read the review for that wine here.

The red that has caught my attention, is Château Bréhat. A tidy little Bordeaux blend that is all that, and dynamite with a bag of chips.

Château Bréhat 2012
Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux, France
$18.95 Vintages 348672
Castillon Côtes Bordeaux is a large satellite region in Bordeaux that neighbours the prestigious St Emilion. Like most Right Bank vineyards, Merlot makes up the lion’s share of plantings, and the best vineyards have limestone and clay soils. 2012 is a top-performing vintage, and that comes through brilliantly in this excellent wine. Savoury, earthy notes mingle with ripe dark fruit flavours, with fine-firm tannin for a bit of grip. It’s best to decant for 30 minutes before enjoying, and then pair with pot roast or beef stew.

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