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February 23rd, 2007

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10:04 pm - 10 things about me meme
A few days ago, onyxrising tagged me with this. I've been meaning to write about wine for a while, but having (in some unknown fashion) pulled a muscle in my neck and shoulder on Sunday night, I've not been able to type as much as I wanted, and I also wasn't certain about how to structure the post, so I'm combining the two

Ten things you likely didn't know about John (Regarding alcohol & food):

1) I tried Campari after watching this wonderful ad on-line, and now it's the only liqueur or aperitif that I really love – too bitter for me to enjoy more than a sip or two alone, but I find it truly lovely mixed 1 to 2 with grapefruit soda.

2) Growing up (and in fact until I was in my 30s) I thought I disliked all wine, in large part this had to do with the fact that despite being quite wealthy, my parents drank Gallo jug wine (shudder) until recently, and even now drink wines that range from bad to (at best) seriously mediocre. Wine that is not fairly expensive (sadly, given my income) or otherwise of high quality has a bitter taste that I quite dislike.

3) I significantly dislike the taste of alcohol, and so find nothing worthwhile or even remotely pleasant in even the finest scotch or brandy – I can taste almost nothing except that alcohol.

4) This dislike of alcohol may be related to the fact that I find all perfume to be equally and significantly unpleasant – regardless of whether it's cheap drug store perfume, or a supposedly fine BPAL perfume, all perfume has a strongly unpleasant scent of alcohol and only very faint traces of anything else.

5) In addition to being rather a foodie, I have recently gotten very into wine. My current favorites are robust, slightly acid Spanish wines. I've also discovered a love of white port (nothing like ordinary port) and a few days ago had a half glass 20 year old tawny port, which was absolutely sublime, despite finding red port to be essentially undrinkable.

6) I have very little tolerance for alcohol and rapidly become tipsy, but am blessed with a metabolism that is sufficiently fast that it doesn't last long unless I drink too much, which I generally avoid doing.

7) I love strong flavors, especially strong contrasting flavors, and so have grown to love the complexity of well-aged red wines. The mixture of age and oak barrels is an amazing process that produces wonders that also thankfully totally masks the flavor of alcohol. Sadly, my meager income is less fond of this taste. I grew up thinking that all of the various terms for wine were a mixture of pretension and wishful thinking, but am very gradually learning them.

8) In line with my love of strong flavors, I have an abiding love of new forms of junk food and candy. I don't eat either very often, but if I see some new and exotically flavored brightly colored candy or junk food that contains no dairy, I usually try it. I place such things in a completely different category from actual food, but enjoy them nonetheless.

9) Having tried non-hopped beer, and experimented more with other sorts of beer, I have now determined that while I can find wine I truly love, there is no beer that I enjoy at all. I find semi-sweet cider acceptable, mead can be good, wine can be superb, but beer is at absolute best mildly unpleasant.

10) My favorite cereal is Rice Krispies (Kellogg's brand only – store brands are always less good), I eat it with vanilla rice milk (fortified with a little extra vanilla) and love it. When I was quite young, for a short while (ie until they stopped making it for some reason) my favorite cereal was Corn Flakes with dried strawberries. I recently saw and purchased a new version of Rice Krispies, which contains dried strawberries – two favorites together – definitely my favorite cereal ever.
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Date:February 24th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC)
I must insist we introduce your parents to Wally's wines. Perhaps we can convince them that it's the proper thing for their income tax bracket to do? (Your parents remind me how much I hate the noveau riche). If they called up once a month and said they needed the staff to pick them out X many more bottles of wine, the staff would probably happily do so, ship it safely, and bill appropriately.
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Date:February 24th, 2007 10:35 pm (UTC)
Your parents remind me how much I hate the noveau riche

Indeed, they are practically living archetypes of noveau riche.
Date:February 24th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
have you tried ouzo? I too enjoy strong flavors, and really like the licorice taste of anise, and it is REALLY powerful tasting stuff.
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Date:February 24th, 2007 10:33 pm (UTC)
Yes, and while definitely interesting, licorice/anise is not one of my favorite flavors, so I'm not to keen on it. It's something I can enjoy on rare occasions, in very small amounts, but that's about it.
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Date:February 24th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC)


One of the curious parallels between us is our distaste for alcohol, although I do seem to recall a curious tale regarding rum and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show".
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Date:February 24th, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC)

Re: Alcohol

Ah, yes, the dangers of people who have known me a very long time indeed :) I have found that there are ways of concealing the alcohol taste. Cheap cola combined with the natural sweetness of rum is one, thus resulting in the fact that it was literally 15 years before I could drink rum mixed in anything and not find the taste utterly disgusting - even if the alcohol taste was concealed, the specific taste of the rum was vividly and horribly present.
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Date:February 26th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
I rarely drink because of a dislike for the taste of alcohol, too.

However, the one and only beer I've found that I do enjoy is Lindeman's Framboise. I'm not sure "beer" feels like the right word for it, though, seeing as how it's flaming pink and tastes like candy.

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