Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Dom Perrion Gift Box - Expense it

The best way to say thanks at years end is with a bottle of Champagne. So why not thank those you know with a Dom Perrion Gift box. Take it from me, I know the power of the gift.

When you're self-employed, it's a ride of boom and bust. The better you get at your craft the smoother the sailing. For my part as a writer the sailing is well,... let's just say I write my own blog. Take that as you will, the point is it's Christmas time, the season of giving. The gifts you give have meaning, if not power.

As I'm reading my list of gifts:
Special Lady Friend
Bla bla bla bla

I suddenly realized my expenses have shot way up. Every penny I thought was spare has just been spent. So knowing it's almost time to make my New Year's wine order, naturally I'm thinking about what I should be drinking for the new year. Taking into acount the storms on next year's horizon, (not to mention the bills I know have to get paid) I realized it's great to celebrate, however as a business I need to keep my cost down. Perhaps the gift to myself should be a bit more conservative. I'm just a bill. So why not order a Dom Perrion Gift box, it's a reasonable exspense.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Just Drink It

This year when I finally snapped out of the holiday emotional purgatory I was holding a bottle of Columbia winery Syrah 2003 in my right and a bottle of Lindemans Bin 99 Pinot Noir 2006 in my left. Can you believe I was debating which wine to drink?

The funny thing about the moment was the selection of wines that I had passed, I've never felt like such a wine snob. Other than the bottle I brought, A-Mano Primitivo 2003, the wines left on the table were an interesting selection of personality but definitely lacking quality. I learned long ago, you can’t judge a book only by its cover. Figuring it would be poor form to drink the entire bottle of wine that I brought I turned to the two bottles previously mentioned, as the only options suitable for my consumption.

Lindemans, a fine Australian import that for the price, can suits ones needs. And let me just say it is a “very affordable” wine. I’m sure the gifter was pleased to find a Pinot Noir at such a low price. Pinot’s popularity and thus the rise in price seems to continue thanks to a certain movie. (It’s funny to see what advice people will follow blindly.) I was confident the Lindemans Bin 99 Pinot Noir 2006 would be fine.

In the other hand was a Washington Syrah, one of the best grapes grown in Washington state. Though I’d argue that Columbia winery makes a better Cabernet than Syrah, the Columbia winery Syrah 2003 is perfect for a holiday party. (I know the gifter of this wine would agree, since I saw her stash the bottle for herself once it got down to the last glass.)

I looked about the room and laughed at myself, who cares which wine I choose. Surely I’ll be back to try the other. In fact, I sampled quite few wines on that table. When it comes to the holidays there is plenty of time to find joy. I just need to relax and stop worrying about finding the perfect thing. Instead, I just enjoyed what life threw my way. Turns out, any wine can be a great wine, when you allow yourself to enjoy the experience.