First Husband Wine

We had book club at our house on Monday night. Book club with our group requires that most of us actually read the book, but there’s also food and wine. On another day I’ll tell you about the fabulous gluten-free dinner we prepared…

When the club left, I noticed that our decent chardonnay had been finished first, followed by the well-rated jug cabernet. Almost all of the jug pinot grigio was gone, too. All that was left was the lonely first husband wine. Even our “mature” drinkers in the group didn’t touch the white zinfandel.


Unless you’re the people who were with me during that fateful tour of the Beringer winery, you probably are scratching your head about “first husband wine.” I have to insert a commercial here, however. The Beringer property in St. Helena is stunningly beautiful, and we had the best tour guide ever.

California White Zinfandel is kind of the step-child of rose wines. French rose makers don’t take it seriously, wine connoisseurs turn their noses up at it, and it’s so cheap to buy that it can’t possibly be any good, right? Yet some people just love it!

And now for the punchline…

Our very funny guide at the winery told us that Beringer White Zinfandel was a “first husband wine” — it needs to be used up while it’s still young and fresh. And then move on to a more mature vintage.

I didn’t say it; don’t shoot the messenger. You have to admit it made you giggle, though.

Apparently I’m okay with it, too. As I type, I’m drinking some of that lonely little bottle as inspiration for this post. 🙂 And darling husband is still on his first wife, 30 years later.


7 responses

  1. Hee Hee Hee – First Husband Wine. This concept is completely new (and hilarious) to me. But I have to ask….what book did you read????

    xxoo michele

    1. I have to admit that I didn’t finish the book. Dancing at the Rascal Fair by Irvin Doig. Slow start, but I think I’ll read it after Sunday’s Louisa Challenge. 🙂

  2. I remember that trip to Beringer, lo those many years ago! And I have a friend (male, no less, as I consider white Zinfandel to be somewhat of a “chick” wine) who will *only* drink white Zin. But I’ve moved on to tastier roses, Sangiovese being a personal favorite. And we’ll drink to you on next weekend’s wine trip!

    1. Next year we’ll drown ourselves in French roses. Can’t wait.

  3. I still prefer White Zinfandal to Chardonnay that is oakey.

    1. There’s a place in life for a nice light first husband and for a nice oakey chardonnay. 🙂

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