I always knew I liked wine. What's apparent after saving the majority of corks from wine I consumed over the past two years is that I really like wine, a lot!
Pere and I keep a large vase in our family room, right above the fireplace where we put all of the corks from wine we have both at home and out at restaurants. We pretty much just keep corks from wine and champagne that are actual cork - none of the polymer corks or screw caps for us!
It took us exactly two years to fill up the vase. This morning, I emptied out all of the corks so we could start fresh for 2008. Being curious, I also decided to count how many corks we had. Any guesses? I'll save you the suspense: 361. That's just about a bottle of wine every other day for two years. Of course this is only a rough estimate as many of the bottles were consumed with friends and more than a few had polymer corks that we didn't save.
The next thing I need to figure out is what to do with all of the corks we've saved. The 361 from the past 2 years is only the tip of the iceberg. We actually have hundreds more we've saved up from previous years (although we've never counted them). Originally, we figured we would make a trivet or two from the corks. That idea evolved into making a bar top from the corks. We're still holding onto that idea, but at our current house there really isn't a place to build a bar. So for now, we continue to save our corks, waiting for the day when we actually put them to good use.