, Newburyport, MA


March 19, 2013

Pride and a cheap bottle of wine


As I continued down the aisles filling my cart, I soon forgot all about the wine and focused solely on the food, but, once I made my final pass through the dairy aisle, it hit me; not only had I forgotten the can of corn niblets, but the wine, oh the wine had still eluded me. I had to go back. I would not succumb to my feelings. I swallowed my pride, decided there was no choice to be made — I had to get that wine, and that is exactly what I did.

I bravely approached the wine aisle from the front this time, and noticing that the promoter was no where in sight, I passed the makeshift bar and headed for the shelved chardonnay. It couldn’t have worked out more perfectly. I could quickly get my cheap bottle and get out. Simple, right? Well, if you know me or my genetics, I can painfully belabor even the simplest of decisions. I wanted to make a quick choice, but I had my “worthiness” criteria that had to be met: an interesting name, an amiable label, a twist top and without a doubt, an excellent deal; all criteria any discerning buyer would use. As I stood searching, I suddenly spotted the promoter approaching from my left, right when my defenses were down and I was unprepared.

At that moment I decided that my only option was to come clean, so I smiled and said, “I would love to buy your wine, but it’s a bit too pricey for me right now; I really need a cheaper bottle.” He kindly said he understood, but instead of leaving me to battle the bottles alone, he offered some advice. We discussed the advantages of cork or screw top, good buys on good wine, cheap vs. pricey and sometimes being surprised that price may not always be an indicator of a good or bad wine.

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