It’s hard working in the wine industry. Especially during the holidays.
When I arrive at a holiday party, I know the hostess is looking for that special bottle to add to the bar. My hair stylist, nanny, and neighbors, are all a little too excited to see me as the holidays near. Everyone tells me “oh…but you have the good wine” and are secretly hoping that I might gift a bottle. It’s a good problem to have (people like Fidelitas!) but a problem, still.
And so, I’ve gotten good at stacking my case purchases with the right mix of wines for the season. Here is my shopping list this year:
4040 Red Wine and Optu White on hand…always. These are the ones that are nice to have wrapped and ready so I can gift a quick bottle to my daughter’s teachers, or whoever I come across that needs a last minute gift from us. (4040 is available by special request!)
Optu Red Mountain for hostess gifts. This is a crowd pleaser wine. It’ll drink great the night of a holiday party, or will age beautifully if your host decides to cellar it instead of sharing.
A couple of magnums (ESTATE! And probably some Optu) for those on my list who “have it all”. Magnums are always impressive, even for someone with a giant wine collection. They are great at parties, or are amazing additions to anyone’s cellar.
I love to plan ahead and grab a few cases early, so that wine is always on hand and ready to pass out. Of course, I always make sure to grab a couple extra bottles to keep around the house so I can gave a glass in front of the tree!