Here are a few alcoholic beverages* we encountered over vacation in Miami and on the Rock Boat cruise.
[*On rereading, this post sounds like a cry for help. I think it averaged out to two drinks a day.]
Moscato Wine at Colony Hotel Bar
A few months ago the wine distributor who ran our wine party last year gave us a free bottle of Gewürztraminer wine. Never have I had a wine that so evoked the subtle notes of Diet Rite White Grape Soda. Of course, Gary has a new rule that he won't buy any wine under five bucks or over ten, so any more of that stuff was out. Happily, the grocery carries a five dollar version of Gewurtzwhatever's baby brother: Moscato.
When we had dinner on our first night in South Beach, Gary got a glass of Moscato that cost thirteen dollars. It was so great every time we passed the bar we got some more.
Wine Bar Moscato
We were sightseeing in South Beach when I tripped on a curb and went down hard. Of course, people rushed across the street to see if I was okay, and I put on the brave heroic face, as you do, then hobbled into a wine bar half a block away to check the bleeding from my skinned knee.
We were the only people there and I still felt out of place, probably because I was sweaty and bleeding. The waiter asked if we'd like anything, and I said Moscato. There was some confusion if they even HAAAAAAhhhd Moscato, that's what a low class wine it is. Eventually the sommalier was consulted and there was some Moscato, but regrettably it Was Not Chilled. So, after the waiter got permission to serve us tepid wine, we had some. Then we were so grateful we stayed for dinner.
Since then, though, I treat myself with some wine instead of treating myself with chocolate. The knee's still marred.
Bailey's at Colony Hotel Bar
The last morning we were in South Beach I went to get breakfast while Gary finished packing, and I brought him back a Bailey's. I didn't know he'd already knocked one back while I was eating. This is no doubt why he forgot to pack his Invisalign retainer and his teeth have been creeping away from each other since.
Moscato at the first BNL Concert on the Rock Boat
Of course, all alcoholic beverages on the Rock Boat were outrageously expensive, which is why they managed to convince us that an entire bottle of Moscato would be cheaper than two glasses, somehow. After the fancy Moscatos we were able to peg the Rock Boat wine as a five dollar bottle, and we swore off wine for the duration of the cruise.
Bailey's on the Rock Boat
Gary went back to his first love, Bailey's, double, neat. SEVENTEEN DOLLARS. I remembered that T____y, one of the bosses at TeddyJ, had said when he was on a cruise, he discovered you can buy liquor at the duty-free shop on board and get a deal. We tried it. As the clerk was ringing us out, he mentioned they;d be holding the bottle until we left for home. Evidently, sometime in the last twenty years they've caught on to T____y and his conniving ways.
Somehow, the knowledge that the stuff was waiting for him in what he called "Bailey's jail" seemed to slake Gary's thirst. We didn't have any more liquor until we flew home and had some ...
Misspelled Wine At Applebees
We tried to extend the vacation by eating out at the Applebee's back in town. There was no Moscato, but there was an intruiging "Angle Food Cupcake Wine."
The wine itself was not as satisfying as firing off a Tweet to Applebees, who responded promptly, and when I went back the next day the offending wine lists were gone.
Yeah. I do kind of sound like a lush.