As regular readers of this blog (including certain participants of Sandi's and Gattina's Photo Hunts) will know, I definitely love certain kinds of tipple -- particularly beer and sake. And to give those of you who didn't know some idea: I consider my visits to the beery Sapporo Summer Festival among the highlights of my visit to Hokkaido last July (along with the crab feasts I had there and the visit to the Furano lavender fields), and hope to attend Munich's Oktoberfest one of these days.
But as far as I'm concerned, there's a vast difference between my alcoholic drinks of choice and wine. Put another way: I really don't care much for that alcoholic beverage made from fermented grapes. Thus it was that when I visited Germany back in 2010, I tended to favor the excellent local beers.
So even though my non-beer-drinking German friend who I spent time with did get me to try a glass of Riesling (that did have, as she said it would, some lychee notes to it!) and also some Schnapps while I was in her home country, I had the beer in the second photo from the top of this blog entry while she had the wine! And there is absolutely no way that I could ever drink as a vast a quantity of wine as is (was?) contained in Heidelberg Tun, the huge vat of wine housed in the cellars of Heidelberg Castle.
Oh, and for those who wondered: sake is often described as a rice wine but it actually is more of a rice beer if you consider that, like beer, it's brewed. In any case, I definitely prefer the sparkling sake that was served at the New Year's Eve party at Sake Bar Ginn than champagne -- not least because, unlike champagne and red wine, I don't get a headache after drinking it!