While I don’t have much experience with hurricanes, I’ve been through my share of storms. In rural New Hampshire huge snow or ice storms and losing power for weeks on end are not uncommon occurrences. The key to getting through it is preparation and that is certainly as true for a hurricane as an ice storm. For those of you who might lose power tonight or tomorrow and have just have settled down to weather the storm, go stock up on non-perishables, candles and, of course, a bottle or two of wine. (Disclaimer: I hate to say this, but if you are in a dangerous area or an evacuation zone, perhaps you should leave the wine for another night. Safety first!) Then, dust off those board games, huddle around your 4G tablet and watch “Bottle Shock” or hark back to the days of drinking games, but this time be classy with a lovely glass of Pinot Noir.
Here are my recommendations:
For the Bulk Buyer:
Good thing you stocked up on those box-o-wines (Close your ears, wine snobs, there are actually some decent boxed wines out there.) Bulk Buyer, ’cause you’re all prepared. Go find your carafe, light those candles and cook up everything in your fridge before it goes bad. Oprah recommends you try Black Box Wines Sauvignon Blanc, but I’d go for their Cabernet Sauvignon or their Merlot because they don’t need to be cooled and they both go well with grilled meats. So salvage those quickly-thawing steaks from your freezer, light up that grill (because your electric stove isn’t working) and do this power-outage in style.
For The Wine-Hoarder:
You know that $85.00 bottle of Altamura 2004 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that’s been gathering dust on your wine rack since 2008? You’re right in the middle of its drinking window, so you should probably grab that corkscrew and get sippin’. There’s no time better than a storm to cuddle up to that special someone and enjoy the amazing feeling of opening up a really nice bottle of wine. Plus, you’re making room in your wine rack for another beautiful bottle.
For the Beer Drinker:
No power means no refrigeration. Beer isn’t so nice when it’s warm, is it? Try a Vinho Verde, it has a low alcohol content and a lovely hint of sparkle, kind of like that beer you love so much. It may be better cold, but at least it’s a more economical use for the last of the ice.
For the Person with a Nearby Wine Store Open:
If a hurricane isn’t a time to indulge, I don’t know what is. How about a Cabernet Franc? Try Walla Walla Vintners 2009, Columbia Valley for $28. This might also be a good time for a little game. Grab a friend and each buy a bottle. Cover the labels and test your wine-knowledge. Can you tell a Malbec from a Merlot?
For The Budget Sipper:
I’ve seen you, leaving the store with a shopping cart of Franzia. No need to be embarrassed, we’re all friends here. Better a cheap bottle than no bottle at all, and lots of good bottles can be found under $15.00. One of my favorites? Rex Goliath Shiraz. When we were kids we’d call it “chicken wine”.
Stay safe everyone!