Let’s be honest here, wine is not cheap. So what are you supposed to do if you really don’t like the wine you just opened? You paid good money for it. Granted we all have our own definition of what is expensive or what is cheap, but irregardless, when you buy anything, you expect to like it and to enjoy it. So again, what do you do when you really don’t like the wine you just opened?
Is the wine bad? Is it just me? I know when I don’t like a wine, but I am never sure why. Mostly I use hubby as a guinea pig. We don’t have the same taste in wine so if he thinks it is bad, then I feel fairly confident that it isn’t just me. So goes the wine I was going to write about today. It is a bottle that I brought home from the Wine Blogger’s Conference in Portland, Oregon in 2012.
On the first sip, I got this really sour taste at the end. I thought it was just me. So I tried to aerate it to see if it got any better. It didn’t. I tried pairing it with some great bread sticks I picked up at an Italian Market here in Winston – didn’t help. The wine actually tasted like it had been open for 4-5 days and not stored or sealed properly since. So in comes hubby. (He is just so agreeable!) I told him I needed him to try this wine because I didn’t care for it but couldn’t decide if it was me or the wine. He graciously agreed but only wanted a tasting, not a full glass. I poured him a small glass. One sip and he handed it back. He thought it was vinegar, which actually made me feel better – it WAS the wine and not me.
Yes, we dumped this wine!
As you have gathered, this wine was a media sample I brought home from the conference. It didn’t cost me anything, but I still hate to throw wine out. It goes against everything I believe in. And it is even worse when I pay for it. I had a friend tell me one time that she just powered through it when she tasted a wine she didn’t like. Unfortunately, I can’t do that.
It is your choice whether you dump or drink, but if you don’t like it (it doesn’t matter if the wine is bad or if you simply don’t care for it), dump it. There are so many great wines out there that we will never have the chance to enjoy, why waste your time on something that doesn’t measure up. If you think it really is just you, take it to a friend. Maybe they will enjoy it – but seal and store it properly and take it the very next day.