an excellent vintage

I don’t know why. Perhaps it’s because most people left the work area, or I’m alone in “gate 4” that’s why I thought of drinking. And not just an ordinary beer, or a cheap brandy. I am not a drinker myself, and I’ll admit I don’t have much experience drinking. But I am grateful for Ambassador Fred Almendrala’s class on Protocol and Etiquette where he had our wine tasting. What a delectable education that has been! I missed that class. Our professor was my own Morrie Schwartz, and my classmates were good. We had tasted wine and some sort of hard liquor; I can’t even remember their names now. All I know was that I have enjoyed only the sparkling wine he had freely given us. What a joy to experience drinking wine fermented years ago and might have been given as present to my professor when he was still in service in the diplomatic corps.

I know, this sounds a bit dull. But hey, I don’t drink. Thanks to my current addiction, Fifty Shades of Grey, I am now resolved to fix the situation. Why not try to drink some of the wines mentioned in the trilogy when you have the opportunity to do so? Here is the list:


White Wine

Sauvignon Blanc

Sancerre (a type of Sauvignon Blanc from Loire Valley, France)

Pouilly Fume (a type of Sauvignon Blanc from Loire Valley, France)

Pinot Grigio





Bollinger Grande Annee Rose 1999


Red Wine

Barossa Valley Shiraz

My favorite would be the Grey’s favorite, too – the Bollinger Grande Annee Rose 1999. I’ve heard it’s an excellent vintage. *winks. As of the moment, this costs almost $180 per 750 mL bottle. I’ll be looking forward to taste this soon!

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