I am sipping my first taste of wine in 2016. Isn’t that nice? I had not meant to write a blog post about it. I went running earlier with the specific thought that I could do a Running Commentary post. Before making my blog post, however, I ate dinner, read some more of a book (I must NEVER pick up fiction unless I can just sit there and read the whole thing; I become obsessed) and of course dithered (I always say: go with your strengths). This being Bad Attituesday, I don’t think my writing muscles are going to cooperate.
Regular readers may remember that I have been doing without wine for 30 days. It started as an experiment to see if it had any effect on my headaches, then it morphed into “Well if I can’t go 30 days without wine, maybe I have a problem,” and then, well, I just got stubborn. But I made it 30 days, so I felt a little pleased with myself and thought I deserved a glass of dry red.
I went to Ilion Wine and Spirits after work to get my bottle. This is handily located next to The Medicine Shoppe, where I had to pick up a prescription. So, you see, I give shout-outs to two local businesses as I sip. When I walked into the liquor store, I immediately saw some bottles of Chianti on sale. I had purchased one of these bottles prior to Christmas. Steven drank the whole thing himself during my dry 30 days (not all at once, of course; he’s no lush either).
First I looked all around to see if there was something I’d like better. I hesitated over a bottle of Barefoot Pinot Noir. When I was at church two Sundays ago, during the sermon the priest told a story involving Barefoot Pinot Noir. “That’s a good wine,” I told my sister. Imagine, me having something in common with a priest. I decided to stick with the Chianti, but I may go back for some Pinot this weekend.
It is Chianti Superiore made by Banfi of Montalcino, Italy. It was imported by Banfi Vintners of Old Brookville, NY. So you see I am being international and buying New York State. It’s pretty tasty wine, too.
Ilion Wine and Spirits is located at 10 E. Main St., Ilion, NY, phone number 315-894-8142. The Medicine Shoppe is at 10 Central Ave., phone number 315-894-7283. Don’t let the different streets fool you; they are just a parking lot away from each other. It is most convenient.