Oops… I did it again.

DeliveryNo I am not talking about the late 90’s Britney Spears hit (although a specific image springs to mind).  I am talking about the six boxes of wine I can see on the door step as I turn into my driveway, the big smile growing on my face which is instantly replaced with a wince due to the ear piercing shrill from my wife  “SSTTTTUUUUUAAAAARRRTTTT”.

Don’t laugh!  I swear if she had a rolling pin in hand I would have been pummeled.  In my house there is always an element of danger involved when buying wine which results in my mixed feeling of nervous expectation when I see the wine boxes stacked by the front door.  I feel “PURE FEAR” like a naughty school boy sent to the headmaster’s office because I know my wife will kick my arse when she finds out how much I spent.  I always try to cover by saying ‘I got some champagne for you too and they are the most expensive purchase’ in a weak attempt to redeem myself.

wine delivery 1But the possible risk of physical injury passes as “JOYFUL EXCITEMENT” takes hold as I take the boxes inside, unpack and inspect the bottles. I check the wine to make sure they delivered the right bottles, check for signs of damage or signs of leakage and start cataloging the wine (yeh right). Carefully selecting what I will open that night and what will be put away to allow the sediment to settle.  

As I buy wine I can hear the devil’s advocate in my head saying, “go on, you deserve it, you work hard…  get a couple of bottles of champagne to sweeten her up, just in case you get caught… she probably won’t even be at home when the delivery arrives”.

My latest purchase is the beginning of my real wine cellar and time to experiment.  We have finally bought the ‘family home’ and I have a space that holds a constant temperature.  My mates say “it looks more like a shop” which makes me laugh and in a way they are right.  I am concentrating on a creating a wide selection of wine varieties from Muscat to Port, Riesling to Durif and international blends. I have always bought wine for all occasions and I like unusual varieties.

wine delivery 3  Durif  wine delivery 4

If I find a wine from a local shop or supermarket I will seek older vintages of the same (or similar) wine to gain an understanding of how it will evolve.  I love Pinot Noir, which is a curse as it can be expensive and recently drank a 2011 Coldstream Hills Pinot Noir which was very reasonably priced.  So when I saw the 1990 at auction I bought it.  I expect it is past its peak, but the window of opportunity for good drinking is still open.  I will now keep my eyes open for late 1990’s and early 2000 vintages and when I have a small selection I will invite the rest of “The Wine Wankers” around to compare and discuss vintages… which will of course evolve into talking complete rubbish as we get very pleasantly drunk.

My wife just just read the last few lines over my shoulder and is now laughing hysterically at the word ‘evolve’, apparently we always talk rubbish…    FYI – the champagne trick works every time  😉


  1. I used to love drinking wines from the 80s and 90s’ back then too. Fruity Lexia was really trendy and you were loved by the ladies if you got them drunk on a cask of that one. Ha LUL. I was always a bit of a Claret wines man myself. Good wines times back then hey.


  2. I can’t really drink alcohol – just don’t care for it, but I do appreciate very good wine so I will follow this with interest to get tips on what to serve guests, bring as gifts, and take a sip of now and then.


  3. Reblogged this on One Mo Thing and commented:
    Anyone who knows me knows that I am far from a wine expert although I do enjoy a bottle a day. I started following this blog because it made me laugh and it inspires me to learn more about wine since I enjoy it so much. This is one of my favorite recent posts.


  4. Hi, Stuart, thanks for liking my blog. I read about your wife – good girl!
    Someone once gave me a case of wine as a thank-you and I’m sure it was just to make me blush. That box packed stuff to the US and back before expiring. Happy memories, thanks. M’reen


  5. I think my husband has around 900 bottles, but that is better than his friend Gordon who has 3000, and their mutual friend who has close to 5000!
    Fun blog!! Sending it, of course to my hubby and Gordon et. al……


  6. Thanks for the like on my blog… So enjoyed this post, as I have a hubbie who has been known to do the very same thing!!! Over & over, I might add 😉 I don’t mind tho, as I love wine as much as he does!! Keep up the good work… it’s tough work, I know!! Cheers!


  7. LOL
    In my case, although I’m French (from Cote Chalonnaise, Bourgogne) and my wife is Japanese, my worse half guzzles wine every night, so no problem if I buy too much wine! The aggro starts when I bring too much Japanese sake for own consumption!
    Sturat, thanks for visiting my blog at http://shizuokatoursim.com/ but you might even be more interested in http://shizuokagourmet.com/ !
    We have loads of Aussies here in Shizuoka. They (we) guzzle all the time and we even play cricket! Serious!
    Looking forward to reading you soon, mate!
    Best regards,
    Robert (the only cricket-playing Frenchman in Japan!)


  8. Very interesting indeed!
    I wonder what kind of rice they use.
    Probably imported although sakamai/sake rice (not to be confused with normal rice which is not used to make sake) could be grown maybe in Tasmania..
    Pity they do not state the rice millage percentage. The daiginjyo is also definitely too low in alcohol. As for the Tsunami cocktail I will refrain from making any comments…..
    I just found out it is partly owned by a Japanese company….
    Very good business sense I must admit!
    Another very interesting detail: they produce only junmai, that is sake without any addition/blending with pure rice alcohol. Easy to explain: the Australian laws would request a stiff tax on that! (I know it because I studied the possibility of exporting sake to Australia, impossible these days as Australia produces its “own sake” meaning very stiff import taxes!)


  9. The first picture of the wine staked up outside the front of your house made be openly giggle. Our friend has the same compulsion to purchase large quantities of wine in the exact same way. They have converted their garage for the purpose of storage for their wine collection (and any other booze they wish to add to it). Whenever we go over we have a series of different wines to taste – over the years there have been some great, some good and some bloody awful but we still keep returning to find out what he has added to his collection.


  10. I don’t know much about wine and I’m not overly fond of it, but I love your blog! So, I’ll retain some this great info and you never know, it may serve me well. A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing!


  11. This makes me feel so much better about “only” buying 6 bottles of the good stuff today. It was 30% off, and then another 10%? How could I not! 🙂 Cheers.


  12. Reblogged this on The Wine Wankers and commented:

    I thought I’d finish off the year with a reblog of a classic post written by Stu. We’re all flat-chat with our non-blogging lives at the moment, with Christmas, New Year and all, but will be back early in the next year with lots of new wine stories to tell and a new face to introduce as well, which we are very much looking forward to. So I hope you enjoy this post from August. In my mind there were days “before Oops” and days “after Oops”. This post coincided with a big uplift in readership. Have a great New Year everyone!


  13. That “works every time” thought has gotten me into deep trouble more than once throughout the years. Of course, I never had champagne helping me buy forgiveness. 🙂


  14. My husband would definitely have something to say to me if he arrived home to find cases of wine at the front door, but I would remind him that his boating habits are expensive and then open a bottle. 🙂 Happy New Year and congrats on the new home!


  15. I am such a sucker for the weekly “deals” from our local wine shop. a half case here, a half case there…luckily my wife trusts my judgment and agrees it’s a great way to try new wines. great idea to look for older vintages of stuff you like! I wouldn’t have thought of that!


  16. “…I always try to cover by saying ‘I got some champagne for you too and they are the most expensive purchase’ in a weak attempt to redeem myself. But the possible risk of physical injury passes as “JOYFUL EXCITEMENT”.. ”
    This really made me laugh.. 😀 But, indeed there’s a joyful excitement especially when it comes to unpacking TONS of good wines. Regards!


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