Never pay more than $5 for a bottle of wine with a flat bottom!
The subject of wine – and buying wine – came up recently, and I started thinking about what never to do with wine. And this came to mind – the shape of the bottle can tell you a lot about the wine. For a long, long time now, I’ve been testing the theory that no winemaker is going to put a cheap wine in an expensive bottle, and visa-versa. And I’ve come to a firm belief, Never pay more than $5 for a bottle of wine with a flat bottom.
OK, $5 is a pretty low bar to set, but timing is an important thing – so now that we are obviously entering a recession, I’m expecting the price of all wine to start coming down. And I buy most of my wine at Grocery Outlet, so this is not so hard to apply – Hey, give me a break, I live on a retiree’s budget.
What is that damn indentation on a wine bottle for anyway? Strangely, no one really seems to know. Maybe it was once necessary to strengthen the bottle – but admittedly it exists today because wine makers know that wine drinkers ASSUME that all good wine comes in indented bottles. So the argument is even stronger than I first thought – it’s also true because it’s a self-fullfilling prophecy – it’s true because everyone thinks it’s true, and the winemaker can’t afford not to!
What the hell – now that we’re suffering thru a recession, don’t bother with the flat bottom wine at all – you should find some wonderful stuff with a punted bottom (the indentation is called a punt by wine makers) for $5!