I’m definitely an oenophile. I like wine with my meals, but sometimes I hesitate to open a bottle when I know that I’m going to have leftovers, or if I think that it’s a more expensive bottle than I want to have only for one. I also like to cook with wine, but hate opening a bottle for just a glass and a splash in the sauce. I think that wine in a box is one of the greatest that for those of us living alone. It’s now possible to get good wine, inexpensively in a box. Tuck a box of white in the fridge, and stash a box of red on the pantry shelf. I can have the luxury of a glass of wine whenever I want, and a splash of white for cooking even when I’m drinking red. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have some exquisite bottles in my cellar. They’re the ones to have with a special meal, and possibly with friends. But the “house” wine is now in a box. It’s not cheap wine–just inexpensive and convenient.
There was one advantage of having “leftovers”–bits and pieces of bottles: those make great wine vinegar. I have a glass container in the cabinet that get “fed” on those to keep the mother alive, so I have a constant supply of good wine vinegar. It’s unfiltered, unpasteurized, potent, and much more complex in flavor that the stuff out of a bottle. I’ve had the red wine going since I was given the mother over 10 years ago. It’s simple to keep–the occasional splash of wine from the box, or occasionally, but a really inexpensive bottle and dump that in.
I recently decided that I wanted white wine vinegar, too. So, took some of the mother from my red wine and put it into a bottle of white wine. Not sure yet what is going to happen–now it’s still a bit pink as the mother was a very deep, dark red. There will be future reports on the progress.