Tuesday, November 15, 2005


I’m going to a dinner party Friday night and I offered to bring the wine. When we went to Frankie’s one evening, I discovered the Banfi Bell'agio Chianti and loved it. Since I dislike going into liquor stores (strange but true) and I have no idea who stocks the Bellagio anyway, I decided I would just stop at Frankie’s on my way to the party and buy three bottles of the Chianti for a party of four. The bottles are really small. Really.

On my way home last night, I decided I should stop at Kroger. With the worker shortage around here, I couldn’t get a pizza delivered Sunday. So, I decided, rather than eat peanut butter straight out of the jar (again) with canned frosting for dessert (again), I should probably start keeping actual food in my house. (Arriba salsa counts as a vegetable, right?) As I picked up the last item on my shopping list, I realized that the one item I had not crossed off was all the way on the other side of the store.

So, I took a shortcut through the wine aisle and, what do you know, there on a top shelf almost at the end of the aisle were several bottles of the lovely Bell'agio Chianti. I bought three bottles (they’re small, remember) for the party. I also decided to buy a fourth bottle to keep at home but I couldn’t reach that last bottle way in the back. I decided that I looked enough like a wino without standing on the bottom shelf of the wine display and pulling the whole thing down on top of me. I’ll just have to pop back into Kroger tonight on my way home.

Do you have any idea how dangerously convenient it is for my new favorite wine to be at my favorite grocery store, on the street I take to go home every night, one aisle over from the milk and bread and bagels?


Jack said...

The Banfi Chianti Bell Agio is $11.53 a bottle at Spec's.

Today's power word is: "hthenpbb"

Jack said...

In second thought, you might be more interested in the case price. $129.09.


Laurie said...

Jack - It was $9.99 at Kroger. Can you believe it?

(Here's a toast to Jack's first comments here - clink!)


Ed Abbey said...

Don't move to Minnesota. You can't buy liquor anywhere but in a liquor store and if you want a bottle on Sunday you are SOL. Reason number 467 that I moved back to Iowa.


Cynikell said...

1. That Chianti is my favorite. When the wine is gone, it makes a cool candle holder, too.

2. Canned frosting rocks. Try it with 'Nilla Wafers, you'll never go back.

3. Wine in a GROCERY STORE???!!! You have lost all rights to complain about anything else - ever. You are blessed. Here in the sticks, you can only buy beer in a grocery store, and never on Sunday.

In fact, there was a time when the ONLY things you could buy on Sunday were food and medicine. No toasters. No socks. Need new pantyhose to wear to church? SUCKER -- should have thought of that on Saturday.

Peter said...

You're on a roll there Laurie, sure looks like a good winter for you.

Stephen said...

At least I know there's someone else out there that eats peanut butter AND frosting from the jar, you wino you!!

Laurie said...

Ed - Here in Texas, we envy Louisiana. You can buy vodka at the 7-11.

Cynikell - When I first returned home after the hurricane, all of the closed businesses (even on weekdays) reminded me of how everything used to be closed on Sunday. I had completely forgotten about that.

(Thanks for the vanilla wafer tip! I'm thinking graham crackers with the Duncan Hines Whipped Cream Cheese frosting. Oh, yeah.)

Peter - We can only hope. ;)

Stephen - I shall wear the label proudly. Laurie the Wino. It has a nice ring to it, don't you think?

Sophmom said...

At least you'll be cozy and warm. I like the sound of pb, frosting *and* wine.


Rhonda said...

I think that "Lush" would give you a broader range of alcohol.
I am more of a Tequilla person, myself. Gold Slager is the best if you want to be really bad (and suffer the most spectacular hangover).

Laurie said...

Sophmom - Don't forget the Jalapeno Pringles.

Rhonda - You are so right. I shouldn't limit myself. For being bad, I have to recommend the Jagermeister. Tastes like crap but does the trick. Word of warning though, never do two shots on an empty stomach along with a really big Cape Cod. Talk about spin city!


Stephen said...

Laurie - So does Stephen the Drunk!

Laurie said...

Stephen - Sounds almost regal.