Ever drink home-made grape wine?

With summer kicking off this Memorial Day weekend, it reminded me of having too much fun one year after drinking home-made grape wine. Here's a cautionary tale.

When I worked in the produce department of the South Greeley Safeway store, we would end up with boxes full of loose grapes. A customer asked if he could buy them to make wine, so we made him a deal of $1 per box. He ended up buying quite a few boxes of loose green grapes that spring. The man said he was going to bring us some of his wine for helping him out.

The next thing we knew, Curt Decklever and I had a couple of jugs of white wine to take with us up to Curt Gowdy State Park. We got our licenses and fishing gear together and headed to Granite.

It turned out that the home-made wine was much more potent than we expected and before the day was over, we were trying to hit the fish in the water with our fishing poles, instead of dropping in our lines. Needless to say, we didn't catch anything, but we sure had a lot of laughs and lived to tell about it.

Be careful this summer, there will be some people who are not being as cautious. If you plan to be drinking, make sure to bring along some friends who can stay sober. Also, law enforcement is cracking down on seat belt use, so 'Click-it, or Ticket.'