Two of my favorite things are red wine and coffee.
When I was in college, I studied in France, and I was fortunate enough to live at the home of the owners of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, often abbreviated to DRC, which is an estate in Burgundy, France that produces white and red wine. It is widely considered among the world's greatest wine producers, and DRC bottles are among the world's most expensive. It takes its name from the domaine's most famous vineyard, Romanée-Conti. They let me live in their home but I was NOT allowed to pick grapes at Romanée-Conti. Instead I participated in the vendange at one of their less famous vineyards. Turns out grape picking is very hard work. Despite this early exposure to fine wine, I am not a wine snob. In fact, I usually just order the house red when I go out to dinner. However, two of my dear friends recently turned me on to Rombauer Vineyards Zinfandel, and it is delicious. It’s a bit spendy, but if you are going to drink wine and you can’t afford DRC (me!), this is the one! Divine.
Also, for our anniversary, my husband bought us an espresso machine. We already had a french press, a regular coffee maker, and a Keurig. The french press makes the best tasting coffee, but is a pain to clean up. Lazy, I know. We use the regular coffee maker for parties. We were guiltily using the Keurig on a daily basis but the pods are so unenvironmental, even though I was buying the compostable ones. Our new espresso machine is a Nespresso. According to their website they use sustainably sourced coffee. It comes in pods, but they are aluminum and recyclable. You put the used pods in a bag and mail them back to Nespresso and they recycle them for you. Not sure about the total carbon footprint on this one, what with the shipping, but my goodness the coffee is amazing. Especially if you use whole milk in the frother that comes with it. And sprinkle it with a little cane sugar. Wow. I am not even kidding, this thing is a delight.
If you are considering a Nespresso, note that they seem to follow the “razor and blades” business model, which is where one item (the handle) is sold at a low price in order to increase sales of a complementary good (the blades). With the Nespresso, you can get the espresso machine for an okay price, but the pods are spendy. Especially if you drink a million cups a day like me. But even if you don’t get a Nespresso, you should definitely try the wine. And, if you have a favorite wine, do tell!
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