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Old 08-29-2009, 11:40 AM   #41
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We both drink cheap wine and SO occasionally has a vodka . I enjoy sipping wine while I cook and I'm convinced it makes me a better and happier cook . The galloping gourmet was not swigging soda as he cooked so if it's good enough for him it's good enough for me .
Me too.

I've been known to deglaze a pan with wine right from my glass.
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Old 08-29-2009, 11:41 AM   #42
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Actual from budget is less than $20/month. We used to buy more expensive wine and drink it more often, but cut back drastically (on quantity & quality) with this recession, and not likely to go back to our old habits. However, we usually go out to dinner once a week and will usually have one drink each, not counted in the above.
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Old 08-29-2009, 11:41 AM   #43
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Me too.

I've been known to deglaze a pan with wine right from my glass.
It's like the old saying goes...

"I love cooking with wine. Sometimes I even put it in the food!"
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We aren't social drinkers. Now that I think about it, we aren't very social at all! LOL!

Can't handle the hard stuff, and prefer drinking with fine dining at home. Although if you are invited for dinner we'll share!

And if we cook at someone else's home (which we do with family all the time) we're always the ones bringing wine or beer to go with the meal.

Ah! I get it! We're social eaters!

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However, personally I just don't like my food to taste like wine. .

Then don't order the veal marsala !
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Then don't order the veal marsala !
Oh aren't you the clever one! I promise I won't drink cooking wine with anything marsala.
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Me too.

I've been known to deglaze a pan with wine right from my glass.
I do this, too. Just splash on a bit right out of my glass.
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Too many great health benefits to not drink wine..
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Have a reaction to alcohol so zero. But my friends enjoy it.
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Interesting thread, now I feel like a total boozer!!

Beer (4 6pk/mo: $30)
Wine (4 bot.mo: $30)
Happy Hours/"networking events": (3/mo: $90)

DBF usually pays for the keg in the kegerator, and we don't usually consume all of the beer at once (there are probably 30+ cans/bottles of beer in the fridge (but it will stay there until the next party (Bud & something else gross!) Wine goes with food and friends! As long as I choose to keep it in the budget and it does not affect my savings rate, it's all good!
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Old 08-29-2009, 12:44 PM   #51
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As long as I choose to keep it in the budget and it does not affect my savings rate, it's all good!
Yep...that's how I feel too
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I'm another water drinker here. We keep a Brita pitcher in the refrigerator. DH likes O'Douls (alcohol free beer) because he likes the taste and the beer belch but doesn't want the alcohol. I buy 4-5 6 packs a month @ $4.59 each so that's about $20 a month.

I usually have a Corona once a summer but I forgot to do that this year. (I think I need to get out more!)

I have no sense of smell and very little sense of taste. If I have a drink or wine with food I can't taste anything! There are a few mixed drinks I like but I've never been a fan of wine.

For my MIL's 80 birthday the family bought her a case of her favorite wine from a local vineyard that does custom labels. They did a label with a picture of her as a child. Lovely idea and she loved the gift. We were all together and opened a bottle and did a round of toasts to her. I had a sip and almost blurted out "This is awful!". Just not my thing. I think it was a chardonnay.

This summer we got an iced tea machine. The tea is FANTASTIC, but the machine uses a lot of ice, so I have to remember to keep making ice cubes.
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The young wife and I share a decent bottle of wine with dinner every night. The cost averages about $300 per month. (although we have been abstaining for the past month in an effort to lose weight -- it's working)
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$0 for me.

DW- a couple of bottles of Chardonnay a month. (Lindemans, maybe $20?)
She claims it is because she is married to me....
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I am also a big fan of water with food. But I also like wine.

On months when I am drinking out of my "cellar" I maybe spend $20/month for an afterwork beer twice a month.

On months when I am actively adding to the "cellar" I can easily burn through $1000 a month. I'll usually buy a few bottles to try and then pick up a case of those that are wonderful (or promise to be so with a little aging).

Maybe it averages $300 a month over the course of a year. But the cellar is getting well populated. I've gone a year or more just drinking what I've laid down without any new additions, so I figure when I eventually get retired I'll be able to drop the wine budget to zero and live off what's stored.
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$0 for me.

DW- a couple of bottles of Chardonnay a month. (Lindemans, maybe $20?)
She claims it is because she is married to me....
I like Lindemans as well...
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I am also a big fan of water with food. But I also like wine.

On months when I am drinking out of my "cellar" I maybe spend $20/month for an afterwork beer twice a month.

On months when I am actively adding to the "cellar" I can easily burn through $1000 a month. I'll usually buy a few bottles to try and then pick up a case of those that are wonderful (or promise to be so with a little aging).

Maybe it averages $300 a month over the course of a year. But the cellar is getting well populated. I've gone a year or more just drinking what I've laid down without any new additions, so I figure when I eventually get retired I'll be able to drop the wine budget to zero and live off what's stored.
I live in a condo in CA right now, so no cellars here...but in the future after I fire I would probably relocate somewhere else (location TBD) but would LOVE to have a cellar for wine storage...
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$0 for me (alcohol does nothing for me).Maybe $20/mo. for DH (beer only on the weekends if he's had a rough week).
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About 4 bottles/month red wine @ $30 = $120
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