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You Might Be A WIne Geek If......

You might be a wine geek have a wine map in your car, you have a wine barrel for no apparent reason, you are on a first name basis with the UPS man, you keep a wine opener in your car, a winery knows you by name, you cringe when you see or hear White Zinfandel,

you pick your meal based on the wine you want, you own wine that you forgot about, you tag your wine, if you have a winemakers autograph, if it takes you several minutes to pick a bottle of wine, you have "Tuesday wine," you know the difference between garnacha and grenache, you know all varitals that can compose Bordeaux, bad wine glasses irritate you,

you pick up your wine instead of UPS, you could drive to a specific winery without a map, you know what a bung is, you use a decanter, you own an airator, you are unwilling to toss out the stacks of wine mags, all of your friends/co-workers ask you about wine, you have wine in multiple places throughout your home, you know Brix, you are on wineries waiting lists, you know what a sommelier is, you've gone to a restaurant because of the wine list, you've hosted a wine party, you'd love to drink the '97 but wouldn't touch the '98 with a 10 foot pole.

What others are missing?


  • Matt
    Posted Thursday 03 March 2011 17:14
    I have a feeling you are describing yourself. It was a pretty decent description of me until I saw the "tag your wine" part. Love the site by the way...
  • Jeff
    Posted Thursday 03 March 2011 19:05
    Does "Design wine labels in exchange for free wine"count???
  • Hal
    Posted Friday 04 March 2011 21:07
    What about having two or three wine coolers, all different sizes, because your collection keeps growing?
  • Mike
    Posted Tuesday 08 March 2011 18:48
    Love it!
  • Florida Keys Girl
    Posted Wednesday 04 May 2011 23:06
    I've got a couple... 1. Will only go to a restaurant that allows corkage because, most often, my collection is better than the restaurant's... 2. You forgot to mention mailing lists! 3. Restaurant owners ask you what kind of wine glasses to buy. We had a dinner with many wine geeks last year and one friend brought a 1963 port. he went ballistic when the server tried to open it with a corkscrew and said he needed an ah-so. Fortunately, I had one in my car.
  • David White
    Posted Tuesday 20 September 2011 19:28
    You accidentally swirl and sniff your WATER, regularly.
  • Erin
    Posted Thursday 22 September 2011 04:38
    1.) You invite those friends over you know will appreciate what it is you're going to open (little snobby, but true) 2.) You can have a 45 minute conversation about cataloging your collection with the server.
  • Ed Ore
    Posted Tuesday 06 December 2011 02:37
    You have a wine glass from every winery you have ever visited and aren't afraid to pull them out at a party!
  • Rolland
    Posted Thursday 08 December 2011 20:59
    Well, most of them fit me. Big surprise...
  • Sally - My Custard Pie
    Posted Tuesday 20 March 2012 05:40
    Geeky tendencies according to your list! Can't drive to a winery here in the Middle East though :)
  • Maylynn
    Posted Tuesday 20 March 2012 05:46
    I carry a wine opener in my purse :-) If I love the food at a restaurant but not sure of their wine service, I call ahead and make sure the wine I want (usually bottle) is at the correct temperature!
  • Tom Riley
    Posted Tuesday 20 March 2012 05:50
    More than too many of these are right on the money. Great piece! -- You reflexively calculate markup prices if you don't bring your own to a restaurant. --A strainer and funnel is just another kitchen tool. --You have several decanters. --Your wine book collection has exceeded available space. --You carry a wine-opener in your shaving kit for travel occasions. --The online wine quizzes are no longer much of a challenge. --You keep recalculating how long an MW might take if you rushed it. As Michael Douglas might have said with a better role, "Geek is good."

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