Story by April Schlanger of Sip a Wine Store in Cary. Photo by C. Cania.
Cary, NC – When it comes to gifts, I agree that it’s the thought that counts. At Sip, a thoughtful wine purchase earns you bonus points. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner so come in to rack up as many bonus points you can. Here are a few thoughtful suggestions:
Bubbles Always Impress
Sparkling wine should translate into, “something special”. We make toasts with it and every hostess will tell you she has received it. Bubbles celebrate life. It doesn’t matter what price you pay, you won’t be called thoughtless.
- Lacueva, Brut, LaMancha, Spain $13.99
- Pierre Monquiet, Champagne, Brut, France $54.50
A Great Label Works
Marketing works, don’t think is doesn’t. A great label will attract, impress and create discussion all at once. If the product inside is even better, then you have out done yourself.
A few labels that will over deliver:
- 2011 L’ Oliveto, Chardonnay, Sonoma County $22.50
- 2010 Lionel Maurel, “Yo No Puedo Mas”, d’ Aglais, France $24.99
Classic is Back
When the top rated show on TV is Downton Abby…well, the trends they are a changing. Classic is it and what screams classic better than Bordeaux or Burgundy? Serve the wine in a tux or gown and the receiver will admire you. Classic wines to look for at Sip are:
- 2010 Domaine du Prieure, Bourgogne, France $19.99
- 2007 Baronne Guichard, “L’ Enchanteur”, Pomerol, France $55.50
Did you know a bottle of bitters can kick a cocktail up a notch? Bitters can enhance food and beverages. They can also help cure that hangover. I love them just splashed in a glass of soda water too. A super refreshing beverage choice! And since you only need a dash or two, they last a long time, unlike that bottle of bubbly that will be quaffed in an evening.
Scrappy’s Bitters each $20.99 available in a wide assortment of flavors for every palette.
However you prefer to celebrate Valentine’s Day, you can’t go wrong arriving at the door with a well thought out purchase with a cork that pops or a bottle that requires the ceremony of a well rehearsed opening. We know many a couple that ended the evening engaged to be married after opening that right bottle.
However you prefer to celebrate Valentine’s Day, you can’t go wrong arriving at the door with a well thought out purchase with a cork that pops or a bottle that requires the ceremony of a well rehearsed opening.
Sip…A Wine Store is located in Preston Walk Shopping Center on Darrington Drive off Cary Parkway.