I should have known it was too good to be true. Free wine. HA!
A couple of weeks ago when I found out that Tuesdays were pizza night in Le Petit Village, I also discovered that after purchasing four pizzas you can either have a free bottle of coke or a free bottle of wine. Happy days. Coke or Wine? This is not a tough decision.
So last Tuesday when the boyfriend picked up our pizzas (because I was too scaredy cat to do it myself) he also came home with our first free with pizza bottle of wine. Since I'm already working on an open box, I decided to leave the free bottle for a semi-special occasion (free with pizza - not exactly expecting Chateauneuf du Pape, but being in France, not exactly expecting plonk either).
Friday night turned out to be that semi-special occasion.
Papa and his Wife were hosting a Raclette Party for the Boyfriend and I, Boyfriend's Brother, his girlfriend, and some German friends who were visiting.
Side bar - a Raclette Party is similar to a Fondue Party, lots of meats and veggies that can be put on individual mini skillets with oodles of cheese and cooked in small grills setup on the table. If you like meat, and you like cheese, especially of the melted variety, then this party is for you.
Never wanting to show up empty handed, I asked the Boyfriend if he would pick up some nice flowers, chocolates, or Champagne on his way home from work. Well the Boyfriend showed up home empty handed. When I asked what it was we would bring with us, he grabbed the free with pizza bottle of wine. Eyeing the bottle suspiciously, I was skeptical but knew that at this point it was our only choice.
We arrived at the house and handed the free bottle of red to Papa. He too eyed it suspiciously and set in on the counter. Drats! Maybe Papa is familiar with what the free with pizza bottle of wine looks like. Trying to remember that it's the thought that counts, I told myself that at least we didn't show up empty handed.
Well the Germans hands were full. Homemade Black Forest gummies, a slab of smoked ham, and a bottle of Rosé. Hmmm... so many lovely presents for their French friends, what could they possibly be over compensating for I wonder? Hmmm...
Now my free with pizza bottle looked really pathetic so when the German opened the bottle of Rosé I eagerly stuck out my empty glass and tried to hide the free bottle in the corner.
Everyone arrived and the Raclette got into full swing. We sat around the table busily grilling, talking and eating. My favorite dog Ruby was there, who likes me now by the way, but that could be because after every couple of bites, I would give Ruby a bit of cheese rind. Ruby loves cheese. Not surprised really, he is French.
The Rosé now long gone, we moved on to a couple bottles of white that went perfectly with the cheeses. Too perfectly in fact, because they were gone far too quickly and the next thing I knew, the German had grabbed the free with pizza bottle of red and was opening it.
This is not good, I thought. And oh how I was right, no it wasn't. It seemed like everyone, including me, took their first sip at the same time and the reactions around the table were all in unison... it was a nose crinkling, lips pursing, quick head shake kind of movement. Not good. Total humiliation. And then the biggest insult of all... all of our glasses and the last bit in the bottle were poured into the big jar of left over wine that is used to make vinegar. Wow, that's not embarrassing. There's never a rock to climb under when you need one.