This Wine is For First Date Jitters

Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava
Spain

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.

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This Wine is For the Everyday Bullfighter

Gazur Tempranillo
Ribera Del Duero

Producer: Telmo Rodriguez
Importer: Vintus
Vintage Year: 2006
Price: $18.99

Clean and smooth with a short finish. This is the wine that the bullfighter drinks with his reheated leftovers. Its flavor sparkles, a flash of crimson, enticing you to charge ahead, yet it woos you into a comfortable calm, one step away from siesta. The bullfighter tosses his jacket across the futon and puts the game on in the background. He checks his mail – more bills – and plays the voicemail from his mother. Then he cracks open the Gazur and pours a hearty glass. He stands in his kitchen, sipping his wine, recalling every twist, every turn, every second of alarm and tango with danger that is (for him) just another day at the office.