I really enjoy wine. I enjoy learning about it’s production. I enjoy many varieties. I like pairing wine with food. Food that I also love to cook. I do not, however, love to spend large quantities of money on wine, which is why I frequently look for wines I enjoy in the $10 a bottle range. With a pricier bottle thrown in here and there: it’s my favorite! (That’s a toss up between anything by La Crema or Hahn –these are not affiliate links.) It seems that all caught up with me…and it’s staring me in the face.
See all those? Yep. Mmmmm-hmmmmm. I got the grand idea to start to save corks (thanks, Pinterest!) to make God knows what kind of crap my house doesn’t need. In the end, what I have ended up with is a large, expensive collection of corks sitting in a spare decanter. For decorative purposes.
I think at one point since moving I was buying at least one bottle of wine a week! Upon noticing my large cork collection, I went through and added up approximately how much each bottle likely cost. Just when I got my latte factor under control, I forgot to account for my vino factor.
So what was my Vino Factor? About $300 for the corks above. That doesn’t take into consideration the corks that were tossed in the trash before I started to save them! Some of the bottles were $15 bottles, some were $5 bottles. Nothing was over $18. Still! It all averages out, I suppose to about $10 per bottle.
I won’t be quitting wine. I can’t. I won’t. I am, however, cutting way back to two bottles per month. We get to feel some cost savings, I’m not drinking extra calories, and I still get to enjoy my reds & whites occasionally.
Everything in moderation.