Wednesday, October 11, 2006

A Tough Question

Sometimes life serves up some real ethical dilemmas. You don't know which way to turn. Both paths seem to offer something and yet there is a downside to each as well. Dilemmas of this sort can weigh a person down, lead them to lose weight, become stressed and ultimately drive them to drink.

Which leads me to my dilemma.

I have recently become the owner of a bottle of Penfolds Bin 707 1996. This is a premium wine that could easily set you back $200. It has a recommended drinking range between 2008-2020.

The issues are twofold - the former a matter of preference - the latter the ethical dilemma. First and perhaps easiest: when should I drink it? If I had a great cellar I might wait till 2020, but i think not. I doubt it will last beyond 2010! But, just when and on what occasion is a prospect to inhale...a date to roll across the tongue...a fleeting aftertaste of speculation. I'd value your thoughts... a birthday? A child's birth? A boring Friday night with pizza?


The harder and more delicate issue is who with? Or rather: with anyone? It might be the sin of drunkenness to drink the entire bottle solo...although stretching it over 2 nights would not offend my palate nor the Wesleyan police. But might others be offended when they ask: whatever happened to that Penfolds Bin 707 1996 you had in the cellar? Yet the more one involves the less there is for oneself. I have had offers already (from the usual suspects). But what do you gentle reader and potential supplicant think? To share or not to share...that is the question!

11 comments:

Rhett said...

I say lets ditch the coffee tomorrow and drink the wine.

jeanie said...

I say def to share....WITH MUA! :D

Jonathan said...

You should not share it as such my friend, but give it away to some one who has been lead down the road of fine wine enjoyment by one of your own congregation. A person who has not the income to enjoy such wines as he has been forced to partake of, all in the name of fellowship and community.
You should give it to me. I see no other viable option.

servant said...

I wouldn't share it... except maybe with my wife... and I wouldn't use it on some special occasion, I would drink it one night with fish n chips just so I could say I did.

Don't share it.... or give it away. There aren't many people who would truly appreciate it's taste and superiority.... only it's dollar value. That includes me.

BJ said...

Gey Servant - guess there are all sorts of dilemmas out there...some real, others imagined...

BJ said...

I meant "hey" and no slur on your sexuality...

servant said...

...I was wondering about that ;o)

Yours is a dilemma of the highest proportion my friend. It's not a burden I would wish to carry :o)

Steve Deur said...

Brett,
After much thought, prayer and seeking wise counsel I have a solution. When I come to New Zealand again - I'll drink it with you.

I think a good anniversary would be swell... maybe 5 years or 10... celebrate! don't wait too long. :)

Glen O'Brien said...

This may sound wowserish but do you Kiwi Wesleyans get a conscience vote on alcohol while the rest of us in every other country are teetotallers? If so, how did you come by that particular exemption? We Australian Wesleyans have been going through about a 5 year long process of changing our total abstinence position through study, prayer, discussion, conference decisions and legislation and we're still not quite there yet. What's the story across the Tasman?

BJ said...

Well that's a short question with quite a long answer...

And you never know who's reading...

I'd be happy to have a long discussion about it sometime!

I think the simple answer is: that was our constitutional position before we affiliated with the Wesleyan Church. No one has asked us to change it (yet).

servant said...

.... and it would make for a very interesting situation if someone did :o)