When Jake and I were tasting wine at Paraiso Vineyard, Dave Fleming, one of the winemakers, gave us a good exercise for determining how much you should pay for a bottle of wine. He told us: think of all the words you can to describe the wine, then multiply that number of words times five dollars per word. I joked that that meant if I have a bigger vocabulary than another person I would have to pay more for the same bottle of wine!
I thought that would make some fun mandatory fun for Jenn's birthday dinner when I was uncorking that lovely bottle of Paraiso's 2007 Faîte Pinot Noir.
Having paid $70, I tasked everyone with coming up with 14 words. Then we crossed off any repeated words and came up with - drumroll please! - 56 distinct description of the wine. So, 56 x $5 = $280...we got a steal of deal...and a great bottle of wine.