Growing up with an alcoholic mother made alcohol this demon product in my eyes so I never experienced much with it. I can't tell you what my favorite alcoholic beverage is and maybe that's not a bad thing.
This, however, doesn't mean I don't try drinks every now and then. I'd like to find an alcoholic drink that I like for adult social gatherings. The problem is no alcoholic drink really tastes good. People just drink it for the aftereffect.
My only solution to this is just to drink it fast which probably isn't the best idea. I can't stand sipping on alcohol. Yuck!
Anyway, I have been tasting sipping alcohols like wines and champagnes here lately hoping to find something that is more palate pleasing to me. At a girl's night out one of my friends brought over Martini and Rossi Asti and everyone just adored it. It's a sweet sparkling wine that just hit the spot for everyone, even me.
I have noticed I am by far a klutz when it comes to opening up a wine bottles. The cork screw goes in all crooked and I tend to split the whole thing in half. Not a pretty sight. I can't even pull out a personalized wine stopper without messing it up (good thing my Ozeri Extravo Electric Wine Opener came with an extra wine pourer and stopper). I probably shouldn't have been corking a sparkling wine but I'd rather save a flat wine than throw money down the drain.
My friend Susan over at Finding Our Way Now probably has some suggestions about this or would be super helpful for any wine questions you may have. She is an extremely talented author that shares amusing, heartfelt stories, along with recipes and wine tips and reviews. She is a gem.
The Ozeri Extravo Electric Wine Opener changed my wine opening experiences for the better. No more cranking the cork screw at, apparently, the wrong angle. No more ruining corks where they have no chance of being reused or turned into some crafty project.
The Ozeri Extravo Electric Wine Opener is super simple to use. I could even do it and that's saying a lot. Well, after ruining my personalized wine stopper I still needed to uncork my sparkling wine so I grabbed my Ozeri Extravo Electric Wine Opener.
Just by placing the Electric Wine Opener on top of the cork and pressing down on it a bit – it automatically begun the uncorking process (which by the way is really fast). It sucked the broken cork up in a jiff.
Then all I had to do to release the cork was press the button on top of the Wine Opener to release the cork. Some times after uncorking when you lift up, lightening the pressure it doesn't auto sensor to release the cork and you have to press the button on top of the wine opener to get it out. This doesn't bother me because I find going into a cork the most difficult part of uncorking a wine bottle and this wine opener does that perfectly.
The Ozeri Extravo Electric Wine Opener comes in a trendy stainless steel color and has a cool blue light when in use or charging. I like to keep mine charging in the kitchen just because I think it looks so sleek (can go quite a while without charging though). The base of this wine opener even doubles as a nifty foil cutter. I think any wine lover would be thrilled to have this in their kitchen!
I didn’t even know there was such a thing as an electric wine opener.
I’m not much of a drinker so I tend to ask for sparkling water with a twist of lime. (looks good anyway)
Yeah me either. I just get water with lemon at restaurants most of the time.
I will probably buy and electric wine opener someday, but for now I’ve been using a semi-automatic one that I picked up about a year ago at Target. Although I can open a bottle with one hand using a waiter’s corkscrew because I used to have to present the bottle to diners back when I worked in a restaurant. Aside from a few wild years in middle school, I didn’t drink much at all (as in hardly ever) until my late 20’s. I guess teaching does that to a person 😉 Growing up with alcoholism in my family made me view drinking as this terrible thing. But drinking can be a relaxing, social activity that doesn’t have to result in getting falling down drunk. If you haven’t seen the movie Sideways, rent it. That’s what got me interested in wine. Sweeter white wines are probably the best way to start seeing what you like, but I know drink almost exclusively reds. I don’t care for dry wines much. A lot of wine grapes are actually grown in Idaho’s Snake River Valley Area where I live, and I like to know all about the process. While I’m not one to be able to identify lots of caramel, apple, or pear notes, etc. in a glass, I do love tasting wine and am getting better at it. The many varietals of grapes offers so much, and tasting them and understanding each one is a process I never tire of. Hmmm, is it showing I am an enthusiastic wine nerd in the making? Cocktails can be fun too, and I’m slowly learning all about tequila as well.
No, I have never seen or heard of Sideways. I’ll have to check it out sometime. I do find wine relaxing at night on the weekends. So far I’m liking White Zinfandels and Pinot Grigios. I didn’t mind a Moscato as it is really sweet, but just had something missing. I’ll be lucky if I can ever detect notes of anything in wine. My tastes always zone toward the alcohol taste. As for cocktails I don’t have a favorite either. My husband will only drink vodka Collins. He rarely drinks.
We are always buying the latest wine openers and I can never figure out how to use it. I like the good old fashion kind….
I do love wine, and that is the best thing to just sip if you want. But there is no reason to have to drink…. Hold a club soda and lime in your hand and you are all set – besides it is the most fun to be the only one not drinking when everyone else is….
I just can’t get the old fashioned kind to work. I’m cork screw challenged I guess. I know I don’t have to drink and I by no means get plastered when I do. I’d still like to find a go to drink for special occasions though.
Ya know what, sweetie. I know this about the opener but I wanted to comment on something far more important. Alcohol? You have never and will never be missing a thing. Stay your path as you’re doing fantastic 🙂
Thanks Mike. It’s just hard some times when everyone else looks at you like your crazy because you don’t have a drink in your hand. Moderation is key I say.