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!
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