I had this dilemma again last night while at a work-related dinner. You get to the bar and ask what the wine is, only to be told "merlot" or "chardonnay."

Do you ask for more detail (to see the bottle), pick one and hope for the best, or order something else like a mixed drink or beer???
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If their response is "merlot" or "chardonnay" you would be better off getting a mixed drink, especially if you are with people from work...so you don't look like a wine snob...just my opinion. That's what I do.
Just had our company Holiday Party last night. At all these types of events I order Tanguary and tonic (unless they have a good beer on tap)... I don't even bother with the wine.
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Originally posted by Bella Donna:
If their response is "merlot" or "chardonnay" you would be better off getting a mixed drink, especially if you are with people from work...so you don't look like a wine snob...just my opinion. That's what I do.


I agree with it. Roll Eyes
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Originally posted by Board-O:
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Originally posted by Bella Donna:
If their response is "merlot" or "chardonnay" you would be better off getting a mixed drink, especially if you are with people from work...so you don't look like a wine snob...just my opinion. That's what I do.


I agree with it. Roll Eyes


Eek Eek Eek

It was bound to happen sooner or later!

Big Grin Cool

PH
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Originally posted by coolbronson:
I see you are a heavy drinker too, mwagner. That might explain why you go into spastic rage when someone mentions clef du vin.
I find the only way to get through life is drunk off my @ss. It's the only way I can deal with people. Sometimes, even being drunk isn't enough, hence the "spastic rage" as you called it.
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cb, that's not even a remote possibility. mwagner's a gentleman. Really.


I'll second that, even if he is a little bit of a pottymouth... Razz

PH
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Originally posted by Board-O:
cb, that's not even a remote possibility. mwagner's a gentleman.


I have seen his mean vein and hoinestly, I had to back off. That guy attacked "clef du vin" for no reason and started swearing publicly, at the poster, "clef du vin" itself, and probably would go for my throat, if I did not report his tone in that thread as dangerous and abusive. He needs to be locked up!
Hijack away mwag....

I figured that most of the people here would do the same thing - not have the wine. I hate gin; I really need to start drinking vodka tonics for this type of event (can't really be drinking straight vodka at these) Wink
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Originally posted by AES:
Hijack away mwag....

I figured that most of the people here would do the same thing - not have the wine. I hate gin; I really need to start drinking vodka tonics for this type of event (can't really be drinking straight vodka at these) Wink


I do not think it would hurt to ask who made the wine. It could be somone solid like Columbia Crest or someone like, oh I don't know Ernest and Julio Gallo. When I am out with friends I usually get a Guiness, porter of some sort, or Karl Strauss amber ale (local brew). Sometimes I will order a blended Margharita if I am feeling really secure in my masculinity.
I will usually just go for what I want. I never expect great wine at these types of functions. If I were in the mood for red, I would get the Merlot and see how it tastes. If I don't like it, I would probably go for white or something else next time around. Eventually I find something I like to drink. I'm fairly easy to please.
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If their response is "merlot" or "chardonnay" you would be better off getting a mixed drink, especially if you are with people from work...so you don't look like a wine snob...just my opinion. That's what I do.


That is what I do also. I never order wines by the glass anyway.
They fight! And bite!
They fight and bite and fight!
Fight fight fight! Bite bite bite!
The Itchy and Scratchy Show!

A decent beer or mixed drink is better than bad wine.
Hey, you could always have water...
alkies...sheesh....
Ten Little Alkies
10 Little Alkies all in a line; one got to thinking; then there were 9.
9 Little Alkies; one said "Wait! Just one won't hurt!"; then there were 8.
8 Little Alkies looking up to heaven; one cut out meetings; then there were 7.
7 Little Alkies loading up bricks; one started grumbling; then there were 6.
6 Little Alkies glad to be alive; one smoked pot; then there were 5.
5 Little Alkies going out the door; one played big shot; then there were 4.
4 Little Alkies watching TV; one drank Near Beer; then there were 3.
3 Little Alkies knew what to do; one rewrote the Big Book; then there were 2.
2 Little Alkies needed some fun; one started cheating; then there was 1.
1 Little Alkie talking to H.P., "If only one is sober, I'm sure glad it's me
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Originally posted by Board-O:
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Originally posted by Bella Donna:
If their response is "merlot" or "chardonnay" you would be better off getting a mixed drink, especially if you are with people from work...so you don't look like a wine snob...just my opinion. That's what I do.


I agree with it. Roll Eyes


no wonder it is so damn cold out! Big Grin
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Originally posted by coolbronson:
report his tone in that thread as dangerous and abusive.
I agree with you 100%. I guess no one at WS took your "report" seriously. So, I went back and reported my own post stating it was dangerous and abusive. Let's see if that works.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
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Originally posted by Bella Donna:
What a kissass.


His isn't fat and disgusting like yours.
I hope everyone reads this post and sees what kind of nasty old man you are.
Last time I checked, you weren't exactly a ripped looking man yourself Bored-O. But my ass isn't wrinkled like yours. And what ass are you banging at home? Ms. Rosy Palms?
Geez, you are truly a pig, Bella Dumba, and I'm not just talking about your appearance. You also speak like a pig. It's too bad your parents didn't raise you better.
AES,

Bourbon in the Winter, Gin in the Summer, and Beer when the bottom shelf stuff comes out to play.

My business pursuits force me to attend more than my share of rubber chicken (or egg) events. No "merlot or chardonnay" for me, thank you very little.
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Originally posted by Bella Donna:
The way you act, it seems like you were raised by wolves...or pigs as you would like to bring up.


Unlike you, Bella Dumba, I can express myself without resorting to the use of gutter language. Makes one wonder from whence you arose.
In my view cheap white tastes less repulsive than cheap red, so if I *had* to pick one I'd try the Chard first.

But my first reaction would be to check what beers they had, especially in bottles. I'd also scope out the single malts. Then I'd turn to my wife and say "I'll drive tonight - you can drive next time."

I don't do Gin and try to avoid Tequila because it hates me. I will drink dark rum and coke, but if I do I'll probably be smashed in no time as I end up drinking it like coke.

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