This Wine is For Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner

Independent Producers “La Bourgeoisie”
Columbia Valley

Producer: The House of Independent Producers
Importer: n/a
Year: 2007
Price: $9.99

This is the wine that you drink while you and your mom stand side by side in the kitchen. It is sipped between chops and during stirs, between browning the onions and minding the rutabaga‘s boil. It is enjoyed between recipes edited aloud, between gossip about family and judgments on lumps in the gravy.

This wine reminds you that you are, in fact, a grown-up, despite all evidence still pointing to the contrary. As you soak in the familiar affection and seek the ancient approval, you realize that a part of you will always be that child peering over the countertop, admiring the capable hands at work and banging on pots with wooden spoons.

This Wine is For First Date Jitters

Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava

Producer: Segura Viudas
Vintage: N/A
Price: $8.99

The bottle is decisively popped as a temporary solution (or perhaps distraction?) to her overwhelming wardrobe conundrum. Returning, glass in hand, to a mountain of cast aside options, she reexamines the scene, pitting her choices against one another. Buttoned up or down? Denim or micro-mini? Heels or flats (how tall is he anyway?)? Finally, even the clock throws up its hands – decision time. Clasping at the belt of her terry robe, she frantically asks her roommate to address her suitor’s nervous knock. She is resolute not to be the classic rom com “first date girl”. One last delicate swig brings unfounded enlightenment: with a quick confident look in the mirror, she self assuredly strides to the door.