Okay, I’ll admit that I’m a little bit of a wine snob. I have a wine studies certificate from University of California, Irvine and worked at a high-end California winery for two harvests several years ago. The photo above was one of my favorite vineyards to sample.
And it was only a few short months ago that I was in California, enjoying the last bottles from my collection of Silver Oak, Stag’s Leap, Domaine Carneros, Twomey, Frank’s Family…mmmmm, I miss them all.
Now, in Tamarindo, I feel like I’m paying Stag’s Leap prices for bottles of “2 Buck Chuck”.
I go to Automercado about once per month and will usually pick up a bottle or two of wine. The store is air-conditioned so I figure the wine has to be okay, even if it does cost me a small fortune. In contrast, the grocery store next to my house is about 90 degrees with no a/c and a few fans that only seem to spin the hot air around. Honestly, when I go in the store, I’m running through it, quickly grabbing whatever I need so I can get out of the heat. I don’t understand how they can store wine, on shelves, at that temperature (or eggs, for that matter – to this day, that still freaks me out).
But one day I decided to let go of my wine snobbery and buy a $20 bottle of Pinot (that probably should have cost $7) at the little market. I let it air out for about 2 hours and it still tasted bad. It was somewhat drinkable but I could tell the heat had gotten to it. You just cannot keep wine at that hot of a temperature! But I’m going to have to get used to drinking bad wine if I want to be able to enjoy a bottle with the meals I create.
And of course, I could buy the Stag’s Leap at Automercado and be guaranteed an excellent wine experience…I just wouldn’t be able to buy food for the week.