Me: Excuse me sir
Store Clerk: How can I help you?
Me: The aisle sign says that this is the aisle for South African wines but I don’t see any.
Store Clerk: What are you looking for?
Me: I am interested in the Pinotage.
Store Clerk: They are right here… wait… you like Pinotage?
Me: I had an outstanding one recently and I am looking into the varietal to check it out and see if I like more.
Store Clerk: Pinotage sucks. Nobody likes them. You must have a very different palate if you like it.
Me: blink. blink. blink.
Store Clerk: Well we only have three so I recommend buying the cheapest one because they are all bad.
Me: Umm… okay. Thanks?
I then grab the bottle (not the cheapest, take that store clerk) and check out. I head home and go to open the bottle. It is a Pinot Gris! I grabbed the wrong bottle. I didn’t even end up with a Pinotage. Wah waahhh.
Moral of the story… cheap wine stores give cheap advice!
****Update! PS – This story has nothing to do with our beloved Menotomy Beer and Wines! They are our go-to wine store and more importantly our friends. It is just that every once in a while a person can stray especially when a person is out shopping and sees flashy lights from huge sign and they get confused. You are lured by the aisles and aisles of booze. But, you walk away feeling lost and dirty and are reminded of why you love your beloved so much.