Truth be told, there are a few pleasures in life that I positively refuse to live without and at the very top of the list would be a good glass of wine. The perfect glass of vino can do everything from stave off heart disease to lifting your spirits and making everything seem better. Life is truly better through viewed through perfectly chilled rose-colored glasses.
Another truth be told? I am a wine SNOB. If I’m going to allow those extra calories across the lips toward the hips, they’d better be worth every minute of it, which is why I had to tell you about my new favorite obsession: Tasting Room.
This amazing site is basically like going to a wine tasting in your own home. Based on your preferences, you can purchase a tasting of six 50ml bottles (a “taste”) from top vineyards around the world hand-chosen by their top experts. Each small bottle has a “drink by” date that guarantees that your “taste” will be just as good as the actual full-sized bottle it came from by that time. Have a small sip, then make your notes on the enclosed tasting notes sheet and proceed to the site to purchase a full-sized bottle at a reduced price. You know, because membership has its privileges.
Even better? Sign up for their monthly Taste Explorer Wine Club, which is one of my favorite ideas in the world. Each month, you get a sampler like the one described above and you choose from the wines you’ve tasted. They’ll ship you as many bottles of the ones you like. I mean, that’s MY kind of wine club. I’m signing up, like, immediately.
If you’re not as big of a wine fan as I am, this would make an AMAZING gift for your favorite wine loving friend, boss or client. That tough-to-buy-for person? Consider that gift DONE. Need a wedding gift that would really impress? This would be it.
Now, if I could just figure out where all these bottles of wine will fit into my New York sized apartment…