About 10 years ago (and yes, I feel old just writing that), I went to a party where a bunch of the guests brought their own home-brewed beer. I was tagging along with my friend Matt, who had some beer of his own, and it was very fun - even if most of the beer wasn't really my style (and by that, I mean, nobody had brewed their own Miller Lite). Back then, it seemed like everybody you talked to was into home brewing, saving their old bottles and making cute little labels in Quark.
These days, I hear a lot more about people making their own wine. It was only five years ago that Cooper and I were dreaming about buying some acreage in New Zealand to plant our own vines (until we remembered that NZ is across the world and we're not that adventurous). Last year, my brother and his friends were considering buying a barrel of Bordeaux, and we were all for buying in. Just two weeks ago, we found out that Mary's parents have vines on their property outside Pittsburgh, and they make more wine than they can handle. It's all over.
Then, this morning, I got an email about this wine barrel ownership program in Mendoza, Argentina. As I'm sure I've mentioned before, I love Argentinian wines and I would really love to go to Argentina. If this was just a little less expensive, I'd be all over it. As it stands, it ends up averaging less than $30 a bottle, which really isn't bad - it's just that it requires at least a $7000 investment up front.
But if anybody out there would like to do it, Cooper and I will gladly cellar some of your wine, as long as we can share at least a bottle or two with you. Any of my other friends busy stomping their own grapes?