An essential part of my kitchen is the wine.  It is either an ingredient for my cooking or an ingredient just for me.  It’s just another way to extend the pleasure of escaping my busy world by standing in front of a stove.  As Justin Wilson  used to say on his Cajun cooking show – “a little for the pot, and a little for me.”  So true.

Typically, when I start one of my “special” meals, meaning not just franks and beans, I get Don to open a bottle of Chardonnay.  To me, it starts off the enjoyment of cooking.  My business is stressful and cooking is one of my escapes.  Wine just makes it even better.

One of my other traits, though, is frugality.  This is not to say I am cheap – it just says I prefer to spend my monies wisely.  Therefore, I love bargain shopping.  Last night I took a couple of  minutes off to browse through one of the few remaining magazines I still receive – Food and Wine.  They always have very good wine sections and this time they had a section that talked about 24 hour internet wine discounts.  http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/24-hour-internet-wine-discounts. Hm, pretty cool.  So of course I had to go check them out.

I have never bought anything on any of the TV home shopping channels.  On the internet, I occasionally will get something from overstock.com.  The internet wine discounts looked interesting so I decided to check them out.  The top two sites that I liked were Cinderella wine (http://www.cinderellawine.com) and The Wine Spies (http://thewinespies.com).

There is a trick – you have to check every day to find the daily deal.  Not sure I will have time to do that – but every once in a while, I think I will pass by these sites in a “just browsing” mode.  You never know.  My son loves a good Burgess Cab.  My favorite Chardonnay is Rombauer.  And Don loves a particular Zinfandel.  All of them are not cheap so they make it into our homes only for special occasions.  I need to figure out a way to know when one of them, if ever, comes up on these sites.  I’d be there in a southern minute.

Well, that’s it for today.  Guess I just need to get back to work to earn some mad money for wine deals.

Ciao y’all

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