Three or four weeks ago, I got a mini bottle of Calvet Reserve Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Bordeaux, or as the German’s call it, der Wein. I know absolutely nothing about wine other than if you drink 750 ml of it in 30 minutes, you’re going to have a good time.
I had been saving this bottle for a rainy day, so to speak, and it’s raining. Time to curl up with a bottle of Merlot and a good book, err, Kindle.
First task, let’s open this mofo. I did not have a corkscrew, but I had google! Google told me, I can do this without a corkscrew and Google is never wrong.
Attempt one involved the use of a knife to pry the cork out. I tried, but only managed to mangle the cork.
I also think I chipped the glass a little and am now worried about fine glass in my wine.
Attempt 2 involved using a shoe, I shit you not. Check out the video below if you don’t believe me.
Sadly this failed for me too. After 5 minutes of banging a wine bottle in a shoe against a wall, I realized I looked stupid, gave up and moved on to attempt 3… which worked perfectly.
This is a bit complicated, so I’ll write it in bullet form, stay with me.
Whew. That’s a lot of work.
Next task was to decant the wine. I had to actually do research for this. It is not a good sign when you have to do homework to get a buzz. There are many schools of thought about decanting Wein. Some say only in glass decanters, some say any container will do, others say, I shit you not, use a blender. I have none of the above, so I used a lunch box.
To all wine buffs, please do not kill me for the heresy I committed.
To everyone else, it was an utter waste of time. Apparently, wine tastes better if it is decanted for a bit. I wouldn’t know, it tasted the same before and after to me. Which leads me to the conclusion that I have not the palate for der Wein. On top of that, ich mag es nicht. Der Wein schmeckt nicht sehr gut.
I will probably catch heat for that too, but I honestly don’t care. I didn’t like it.
The conclusion is a question. Is wine like beer? You know, an acquired taste? Cuz I never liked beer when I started drinking, but now I can chug a metric ton of that swill. Well, I’m not about to let this, what I’m told is, good wine go to waste. I shall drink it till it’s finished because I paid good money for it. So don’t worry wine buffs, I’m not about to pour it down the drain.
PS: I do not own proper wine glasses, so this wine is lucky to be in *a* glass. So wine peeps, do not complain. It could have been worse. I could have used a ceramic mug.
King Pinn: I Salute You. I’m driving halfway across the country and this song is on repeat. Rest in Peace Tonderai Makoni. You were awesome.
After a few weeks off I’m back to business. This is just an update post detailing plans for the rest of the year.
At last we finally have the great reveal, our mystery project was implementing RSA encryption in rust.
We build the final piece of our mystery project, a function that computes modular exponentiation. Come on in, we have large numbers.
We build another part of the mystery project by creating a function that calculates the modular multiplicative inverse of a number.