9/14/2009

Wine Whore Occupational Hazard

Posted by The Wine Whore |



Have you ever had such a bad hangover, you couldn't get out of bed the entire next day?

Deadly hangovers are the worst occupational hazard of being a Wine Whore. I usually try to be careful... well, okay, that's a lie... but I SHOULD try to be more careful. One thing is for sure: it's not for lack of knowing my wine drinking limits. In fact, I know exactly how much wine I can safely drink in one sitting. If only half of the bottle is gone, the next morning I won't even know I had anything to drink. If I drink one full bottle, I'm sleeping like a baby. Any more than that and I am probably going to be in trouble.

This past Friday, I got in trouble!

The evening started out harmless. The plan was to meet out for drinks over at a local bar named Bar Louie. Bar Louie just so happens to be next door to one of my favorite wine stops, The Grape. The Grape is cool because you can try all sorts of different wines by the glass or half glass, and they are always kind with the pours. The staff is also very friendly and knowledgeable.

Now that's a great combo in my book!

I won't bore you with all of the details, most of which I can't remember anyways, but here's the train wreck of events went down last Friday night:

1st Stop
The Grape - Couple of glasses of white, a couple glasses of red.



Notable wine: Luchador South Australian Shiraz 2007 ~ $20/bottle


Notes: Very gaudy in terms of fruit for a Shiraz. I tend to like my Shiraz a little drier and spicier. There was one characteristic that really caught my eye. The label reminded me of Jack Black in Nacho Libre. The quote "When you are a man, sometimes you wear stretchy pants" immediately came to mind when I saw this bottle. The resemblance is uncanny!


2nd Stop
Bar Louie - Okay, just because I am The Wine Whore doesn't mean I can't enjoy beer too. At Bar Louie I met up with a bunch of local Twitter friends including: @missattitude, @SRowl, @producergirl, @Vonnski, @jkallweit, and @sobegirl. Let me just say that the local Tampa twitter folks are awesome! I know it may seem strange to meet up with people you meet online but it's really cool to get the chance to meet people that you talk to all the time and yet would otherwise only know by a half inch picture on the screen.


Notable wine: No wine, but did enjoy a couple Rogue Dead Guy Ales. Buddy of mine from Oregon turned me on to this beer and I have been enjoying it ever since. I'm not a beer whore so I won't even attempt to give a review. All I can say is that I like it!


3rd Stop
Back to The Grape - Had some cheese and crackers as munchies along with some vino, of course!


Notable wine: Two Hands 'Lily�s Garden' McLaren Vale Shiraz 2006 ~$60

Notes: Overall very nice complex Shiraz. This Shiraz was much drier and spicier than the Nacho Libre Shiraz I had earlier. I've tried Two Hands Angel Share Shiraz and thought it was okay but this one was much better in terms of taste and character... my new favorite Shiraz.


4th Stop
The Vine - Another great place for wine. I was first turned on to The Vine when I visited as part of my local Taste Casting group. They have a great selection of tapas and the prices on their wine list are very reasonable... a perfect combination for my palate! It must have been about 10pm and the place was nicely filled. I like hanging out in places that have just enough people inside to make it fun without so many, you can't even find a seat or comfortable place to relax. I enjoyed several bottles at this stop.


Notable wine: Sequana Sarmento Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands 2007 ~ $32/bottle
Notes:This Burgundy style California Pinot Noir from Sequana is a feminine, light, easy drinking juice: two thumbs up!


5th Stop
Home - I concluded the evening by stumbling in the front door and falling face first into bed. I should have known better than to attempt such a Herculean night of wine drinking. I sure learned my lesson. I woke up the next morning with a splitting headache, queasy stomach, and spinning head. That didn't stop me though from having a couple of glass that evening once I managed to get out of bed...

I guess all I can say is, it's all part of job!


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14 comments:

Miss Attitude said...

So glad I stopped after the Grape, but boy was that Two Hands good! It was nice finally meeting you, and I look forward to the next gathering.

The Wine Whore said...

LOL! Looking back on the evening, I think that's where I should have stopped as well! :)

The pleasure was all mine... we'll have to do it again very soon!

Cheers!

Perno said...

Did you drive home after this? Not very responsible if that's the case.

The Wine Whore said...

Of course not! I completely agree!


Cheers!

@producergirl said...

Can't wait to join you at The Grape - we will be able to chat then - Bar Louie was waaaay too loud for me! I'm more of a Grape girl! Next time!

The Wine Whore said...

Me too! I know exactly what you mean... it got so loud at Bar Louie, I could hardly hear myself drink! :)

The Grape is way more my speed as well. I'll be looking forward to it!

Cheers!

ZinfanGirl said...

To answer your question: YES! I have had those hangovers wayyyy too many times. And I find the older I get, the easier it is to cross that line. One surefire way (for me anyway) is to mix whites, reds and/or sparklings. Ugh! Prevention is the best cure, but let's be realistic here!!! :)

The Wine Whore said...

Hello ZinfanGirl!

I think I get into more trouble too the older I get... but I am not sure about the mixing whites/reds thing. I'll have to try a scientific experiment to find out.

I always wanted to donate my body to science!

Cheers!

ithacork said...

i've always contended that the reason that people claim that mixing different types of alcohol gives you worse hangovers is simply that if you've mixed beer, red wine, white wine, sparkling, vodka, and tequila... you DRANK beer, red, white, sparking, vodka, and tequila!

The Wine Whore said...

I think you have a point! QTY and alcohol % probably matter most!

Cheers!

Matt said...

Sounds like one hell of a night my friend. and I'm going to have to agree with ithacork, that definitely seems to go along with my experiences ... ah college flash backs.

The Wine Whore said...

Matt, any time you are you town we'll have to bring back the college spirit... I miss college! :)

Cheers!

Shelly said...

That explains why you slept until after noon. Sounds like a great time and I want those places closer to me. The Grape and The Vine sound like places i could call me second home:)

Cheers!

The Wine Whore said...

I was destroyed last weekend! There are no places like this around where you live? Are there some small wine stores/bars near you?

Cheers!

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