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Posted by VoltaireXXIII, Oct 31, 2013.

Hi I used to travel, all the time. Now I stay at home. I live in a dry county, so now my chances to buy wine, much less, shop nationwide for wine, are curtailed. when I do get to the wine store I have to make it count. Value is where it is at for me. I love a bargain and I do not think my palate is so elevated that I need to spend a fortune to find something I can really enjoy. I like the hunt for a bargain anyway, for me it is all part of the pleasure. I do not mind splashing out once in a while, and I have a few bottles on my bucket list. 


Reply by EMark, Oct 31, 2013.

Well, welcome to the Snooth Forum, Voltaire.  You'll find that none of the regular participants here have infinite monetary resources.  So, I think most of us are on the same page with you on the value thing.  With that in mind, if you haven't already, you might want to check out the recent articles that Gregory Dal Piaz has posted on value wines.  Today's article is on Merlots. 

I don't know what to say about your living in a dry county.  I just shake my head.  As you can imagine, we have had several conversations here on the various bizarre U.S. regulations regarding alcohol.  Duncan, over in England, laughs at us.

 I was blown out a few years ago when I traveled to Atlanta on a business trip.  The meeting started on Monday.  So, since I live on the left coast and time zones work against you when traveling from west to east, I had to travel on Sunday.  I checked into my hotel and debated on what to do for dinner.  I got in my car and drove around.  I spotted a supermarket and figured I would just go in, grab some prepared food and a bottle of wine and take it back to the hotel.  I walked around the store, found some things to eat in their deli section and found a reasonably good, expense account-friendly bottle of wine.  At the checkout line the cashier picked up the bottle of wine and said, "Not on Sunday.  Not in Georgia."

What the  . . . ?

I was a bit taken aback by this.  Since I was able to freely walk into the store's wine section and browse, I would have never guessed that I had to check the calendar to see if I could buy wine.

I looked out the store's front window and saw an Italian restaurant across the parking lot.  I asked, "If I go over to that restaurant and order wine with dinner, will they serve me?"

"Oh, sure,"  was the response.

So, that is what I did.

So, Voltaire, tell us about your bucket list.


Reply by duncan 906, Oct 31, 2013.

You are right.I do find US rules and regulations  regarding the sale of alcohol quite bizarre.I do not understand what the makers of these rules are attempting to achieve.I thought prohibition ended before the war

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