It has been suggested that the Kevman and I possess rather a lot of red wine.
And in relation to many...I guess that's not far wrong.
But while we did have (what we would call) decent amount of red a while back (200+ bottles), this has slowly dwindled to a more sedate 100 or so over the recent year. This reduction has occurred partly because households are more expensive once girlfriends are installed in them (thus less funding available for wine purchasing) and partly because we needed some of our linen cupboard and wardrobes back.
You see, when I turned up, space was at a bit of a premium.
Now I'm not meaning to insinuate here that all West Australians are pissheads...
But let me put it this way: A fair percentage of ‘em know their way around the local bottle store far better than most sections of the local supermarket....and they're not remotely afraid to demonstrate the fact.
Aussies (and many Kiwis for that matter) like their liquid refereshments...and with the FIFO lifestyle being so prevalent in W.A. many have the finances to back up the habit....including the Kevman who's had the funds for quite a while to fund whatever pastimes he so desired. And as far as I could tell upon entering his home, he had.
Upon crossing his threshold for the first time, I was presented with a well stocked bar that would make any party animal grin with glee. Bourbon, rum, Kahlua, gin, vodka and various cocktail components glinted from behind glass, advertising that any sort of alcoholic desire could be catered for
Well that looked fun...but where was the wine.
I raised a quizzical eyebrow at the Kevman: “This all very lovely darling, but where’s good stuff?”
On the night we met, the Kevman and I had discussed our mutual love of good red wine and I will not lie, one of his initial charm points was his apparent ability to tell his Cab Sav from his Shiraz and not be phased by what he might encounter in a better than average restaurant. He had mentioned a somewhat impressive wine collection, and at the risk of sounding like a closet alcoholic myself....I wanted to ascertain its location.
Just, y’know, coz I was curious like.
“Oh that’s in the linen cupboard”
Of course, where else would it be...
“There’s some in the office too; and the spare room (this actually turned out to be bourbon); and those boxes by the bar...now I think about it, they’re wine too.”
Upon perusal...I estimated approximately 160 bottles of grown-up grape juice.
I was speechless for a moment: “You sure got enough?”
“Pretty sure we’re covered.”
I wandered around, furrow-browed, opening things and generally being nosey: “You have three fridges...only one of which has food in it.”
“And your point is?" He laughed: "Actually there are four: The full-sized kitchen one (food + freezer), the full-sized outside one (beer, white wine, RTDs and soft drink + freezer), the full-sized bar fridge (similar to outside fridge + freezer)...and the smaller wine fridge.”
“I'm sorry, the what?!”
“It’s under bench.”
Make that 180
Behind the kitchen bench was a smallish wine fridge where normal people would have a dishwasher.
Apparently that’s what the gypsy niece was for.
“And there’re some really nice ports and muscats floating around here too...think they’re in with the wine though.”
I didn't know whether to be impressed or horrified and after helping to contribute to the wine total quite significantly on our first trip away – bumping the total well over 200 bottles - I demonstrated that I was not averse to embracing this drinking culture.
My body, however, is not really having a bar of it (Ha! see what I did there! 'Bar'? haha...geddit? Oh nevermind.)
I drink too much alcohol, I can’t stay sleep
I drink too much alcohol and my digestive system starts to pack a sad.
I drink too much alcohol and I can become jittery and fretful as the week progresses.
I drink almost any alcohol, my face turn bright red
I drink over four drinks a week and I raise my risk of breast cancer re-occurrence proportionately.
Well who's a pain in the arse then
But I have learned to listen to my body or else it starts to speak with a megaphone. Things are little more balanced around here these days; we still have a decent selection of reds that we have taken great pleasure in selecting ourselves from various West Australian wineries; there’s always good bourbon around, and winter will still be port season.
But now we also delight in other pleasures such as good food, good books, good company and the wonderful games that have sat dormant in cupboards for so many years.
Maybe we’re just getting old and responsible these days.
Or maybe we’re just maturing
Like fine red wine ;-)
Have a great week everyone!
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