“We should get it,” I said.
“Kris, we are way over budget,” she replied. We recently decided to give her a greater input on our household spending.
“So let’s just raise our wine budget,” I said. “We’ve always done that. Then we can buy more wine.”
“No. We can’t keep doing that,” she replied. “It’s time we stop being irresponsible.”
“Well if we don’t we won’t have wine for our dinners and parties,” I said. “Everything will suck and it will be your fault.”
“Hey, I’m doing us a favor,” she shot back. “It’s your fault we’re in this situation in the first place with your out-of-control wine spending. If we get this under control we’ll be able to afford more and better wine in the future.”
“Okay, how about this,” I said. “We move some money from the vacation budget to cover this bottle and then slowly repay that over the next five months with money from our food and gas account.”
“No,” she replied flatly.
“STORE CLOSES IN FIVE MINUTES,” Yelled the guy at the counter.
“Okay, then let’s just move some of the money we use for the dog’s obedience classes to cover the Barbera, and repay it with money we borrow from our 401K.”
“You mean you’re not even going to compromise?” I asked. “Our marriage has always worked on compromise.”
“If you remember I told you I would get our budget under control. What kind of message would that send if I went back on my promise?” I had the impression she would rather see our wine cellar totally decimated than give one inch.
“STORE CLOSES IN TWO MINUTES.”
“Okay, we’ll just get a cheaper Barbera,” I said.
“Honey, I’m not leaving this store without some kind of Barbera,” I said sternly.
She crossed her arms and dug in her heels. “We’re not spending one more dollar on wine till we pay down that budget,” she said.
“STORE CLOSES IN ONE MINUTE.”
This week’s recommendation:
Cantine Valpane 2009, Monferrato Rosso Pietro ($13.99): If this week finds you tired of all things American, try this fantastic Barbera from Italy. Here, the wine makers simply did their job and found the perfect compromise between ripe, red fruits and a delicious earthiness. Try it with roast chicken.