I do not *yet* enjoy wine...
But apparently I can stomach $3 red wine
For a while now, I have been delicately trying to gain a taste for wine. I have tried sips of my grandparents', sips of my wife's, and so on. In the past, each sip of wine came with a new facial expression plastered across my face, most easily described as disgust. It really makes very little sense. I love grapes and I love water. I can literally devour a bag of grapes in a single sitting and I drink plenty of water. However, when these two ingredients are added together and let to sit, the mixture becomes abhorrent to my tastebuds. That is, until yesterday.
We had some homemade pasta sauce last night with our Sunday night spaghetti dinner, and an ingredient with the sauce was a small amount of red wine. Enter... $3 wine. After dinner, I decided that it most likely wouldn't kill me to try a sip or two of the leftover wine to see if my taste for the stuff had changed, so I poured a glass of water full to the brim to help wash the wine down, and gently dripped about a millimeter of wine into a glass. I closed my eyes, took a sip, and suddenly realized I wasn't about to gag. The $3 wine was good! I poured a bit more and sipped on it for a while. I did still drink water with it as the flavor was still a bit much for me after a while, but apparently red wine was where I should have started to begin with.
Will I be buying wine very often? No, most likely not. I do not enjoy it that much, but not gagging or grimacing is a good start to a new and improved occasional consumption of wine which is much less embarrassing for myself when I am around others drinking it. I can now stomach it at a dinner without drowning myself with water afterwards, which could prove quite useful if I ever go out to a classy dinner out. Not that that will be happening anytime soon.