The Holidays Approacheth: A Brief Bow to the Consumeristic Urges in All of Us

If you are anything like me (and who isn’t), you are coming closer and closer to buying your first house. As a man, I do not need much in a dwelling. I presume it will have a roof, heat and air, and at least one bathroom. We’ll put a bed in it someplace. While I would like it to be as environmentally friendly as possible, we can work on that over time. I am sure Mrs. Wine with Dinner will have many ideas on how to lay things out, and I will likely go along with most of them. But I do have one desire, a place to entertain. Let’s call it, “The Man Basement.” I mean, it is fun to go out, but sometimes it is nice to be able to have people over in the comfort of your own home.

What would I put in The Man Basement you ask? Well, I’ll tell you. Part of it, probably one-third, would be a wine cellar. Nothing too fancy, but climate and humidity controlled, maybe with a small table and chairs for tasting. The remaining two-thirds of the basement would be an entertainment room with a large HDTV mounted on the wall opposite the wine cellar and some couches and chairs for the boys to watch the big game on, or for Mrs. Wine with Dinner and me to relax on while watching Return of the King. Depending on how much room there was maybe we’d get crazy and put in a pool table and some air hockey. In any event, there would be one last essential ingredient, a fully-stocked bar. Conveniently, Mrs. Wine with Dinner and I already owe each other a bar from Christmas last year.

Let’s face it, for many of us, even if we are not wine aficionados, alcohol is an integral part to many social gatherings. From Stanley Cup Game 7’s, to Wedding Showers, to Birthday Parties, to Christmas Eve, to Super Bowl Sunday, a well-stocked bar and a wine cellar can help to create a welcoming environment for friends and family on many occasions. Indeed, no occasion is needed for a friend to just swing by, have a drink, and watch Reservoir Dogs. While this certainly may be an expensive project up front, the enjoyment of this space (not to mentioned the money saved from less bar visits) should make the project will worth while.

With all this in mind, I have been keeping my eye out for books, magazines, etc. that might guide me as I fantasize about hosting 30 or 40 of my closest friends for the Super Bowl. I have come across a few interesting items in the last couple of weeks that may ultimately be very useful to me in this project. I list them here in the event that you share my desire for a Man Basement. For that matter, they might be useful for a “Girl’s Den,” or just for the small liquor cabinet that you keep in your apartment or condo.

Keys to the Cellar: Strategies and Secrets of Wine Collecting, by Peter D. Meltzer — a good place to start when thinking about building a wine collection.

The New York Bartender’s Guide, by Sally Ann Berk and 17 New York Bartenders and Drink Specialists — an inventory cocktail recipes along with a great list of items and ingredients necessary to start a home bar.

The Ultimate A-to-Z Bar Guide, by Sharon Tyler Herbst & Ron Herbst — similar to <u>The New York Bartender’s Guide</u>, though I would probably favor that text if you are looking for one source.

Be Wine Connected USB Flashdrive — kind of fancy for a flash drive, but this cute little bottle contains some interesting features, including a guide to the last 100 vintages of Bordeaux and Open Cellar software for managing your growing wine cellar. I just saw this online the other day, so I can’t vouch for quality, etc., but it certainly looks interesting.

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Update:  Here is another one I just found today (12/5), the Wine Collector 250.  A bit much?  Have we crossed the line yet?  You be the judge.

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Don’t forget to VOTE!

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