Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Wine Tips and an exciting CONTEST!!!




















Sound Money Tips just posted some good pointers on shopping for wine. I have to qualify one of them: #6 says you shouldn't pour a half empty bottle down the drain. (Well of course not! What a shame that would be!) But rather than just corking up the bottle and putting it in the fridge, it's better to keep a few half-bottles (375ml) around the house and transfer it to one of those. That way there will be less air in the bottle with the wine, and it will keep better.

Now, for a bit of interactive fun, here's a contest for you! The photo above is of all the corks I have collected from approximately 5 1/2 years of home wine consumption. I tend to buy pretty cheap wines, usually under $10, maybe up to $15 for a special treat. So the question is, how much did I spend on liquor in 2005? You can post your guesses in the comments, and whoever comes closest to the actual number will receive a fabulous prize! I will post a special headline at the top of my blog that says "[your name here] is wicked awesome!" with a link to your blog*, if you have one, and I'll leave it there for one full week! Now I expect that the stampede of people trying to claim this incredible prize may temporarily overwhelm Blogger's servers, so if you can't get through right away, just keep trying and don't despair. Good luck, and may the best drunkard responsible drinker win!

*I reserve the right to reject any porn sites!

24 comments:

trip said...

Spend on liquor? Not enough information.

Spend on wine? ;) I say $2,500. It sure seems like a lot when you look at it like that.

Madame X said...

Good point-- practically all of my liquor consumption is wine, though.

Bitty said...

I think...$186.00!

(Haven't ignored your request for recipes...just have been short on time. Will get to it soon!)

Caitlin said...

I'll guess ... $613 for 2005

Good job on working in your wine keeping tip!

Nick said...

My total's around $0 because I typically only drink when it's free!

My guess for your total: $450.

In comparison, broccoli at Safeway this week is on sale for $1 a pound. So if my guess is accurate, you drank 450 pounds of broccoli last year. Yup, 450 pounds of soft, sweet, intoxicating broccoli.

I think I'm going to open a bottle of broccoli from 2003 right now.

Henry said...

That's a lot of cork. Poor trees.

I say $560

Caitlin said...

Henry, I will expose myself as a neo-hippie so you can sleep at night...cork is a renewable resource! :) No cork trees were harmed, the bark of the cork tree is harvested, it grows back, and wine is preserved for the masses! Huzzah!

Hazzard said...

My guess: $750

I hope it was mostly red wine. It's supposed to be best for you. :)

Hazzard

piannist said...

I'm guessing $353. I love a contest!

KMS2 said...

My favorite wine = Presecco! Gotta love the bubblies ;)

My guess is $480.

thc said...

There's a little gizmo called Vac-u-vin that sucks the air out of a half-empty bottles and keeps the wine fresh. It sells for about $15-20. But half-empty bottles aren't usually a problem for us.

Real People, Real Finances said...

You have gotten some really good sale deals if some of the lower guesses are correct. $2000 - probably a bit more, but I didn't feel like trying to count them all.

franky said...

My guess is $397.56

Diane said...

I'd guess $233.

Kevin said...

That's not a lot of corks for 1 year. I am guessing $575. What about the new screw tops famous in NZ?

udandi said...

$335

Anonymous said...

$1500

Htown

Henry said...

Thanks Caitlin. I feel better about the trees now. :~)

johnny said...

My guess: $313. Great blog! Keep up the good work!

Nina Smith said...

$435

Anonymous said...

$1919.19

Anonymous said...

$1919.19

to follow up on this estimate, I go by the name, Mr. New York.

Madame X said...

Contest winner announced here!

Mike said...

In case you're looking for a neat way to use your corks, do a Google search for "wine cork trivet". There are also some pretty neat commercial products.