I have been thinking a lot lately about something very, very sad: my liquor cabinet. I have fallen into a rut, and it’s been a few weeks since I’ve made some hefty purchases to keep myself in good spirits [tee hee!] back at the ol’ apartment. Now, I know that I spend most of my days in the world’s best walk-in wine cave [aka 1257 South Halsted], but when I need a glass of Nero d’Avola at two in the morning, I can’t full well come to LUSH and get my fix. Not without getting stopped by the police for trespassing, anyway.
The other day was payday, which necessarily means that I get that gleam in my eye: spend spend spend! There are a few bottles I’ve been eyeing here at the shop that I want to take home, but I also love having a few ‘every day’ bottles around for when I don’t want to wait an hour for my wine to decant or get too cerebral on a weeknight. I’m all set on the beer front, with some Rodenbach, some of the very rare Flossmoor Station ‘Killer Kapowski’, and some other stuff I’ve been cellaring.
Spirits are fine, too, with bourbon, rye, AND Scotch on my booze shelf; even my fortified wine section is hale and hearty, with both Madeira and a delicious Pedro Ximenez hanging out on the shelf, calling to me whenever I eat dessert. Or drink dessert.
But what about wine? What should my strategy be? Quantity? Quality? A heady mix of both? I am lost here, guys. My body is yearning for spring and grüner veltliner and rosé, but the still-freezing temperatures make me crave rich Italians, like the Solyss Negroamaro, an under-fifteen-dollar stunner that is rich, dark with cocoa and fig notes and has a lingering finish. I’m also a sucker for rosé sparklers, and the last bottle of the Barth Pinot Noir is beckoning to me to take it home. But what about my last-minute guests? What if I need to eat Asian food? I do love being a hospitable hostess, and in my house, offering a drink is as automatic as offering a chair to my guests.
I guess I need some advice. What are the must-have items you, dear reader, keep stocked for emergency moments like these?