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Happy Friday! Do you have any big plans this weekend?
Have you ever had a day when you NEEDED two bottles a glass of wine after a long day at work? This has been me for the last week and will most likely be me every single night until Christmas. You see, I work in retail and this time of year is insane. I’m in merchandising at Target. Yep, you can now feel free to blame me for those quick, $10 Target runs that turn into hour-long, buy-everything-in-the-store, $150 trips : )
Thankfully, I have a desk job at headquarters – My greatest sympathy goes out to those working in the stores this holiday season! Can you imagine dealing with the crazy holiday shoppers??! No thanks.
The lone bright spot in all of this absurd holiday work business is that I get to drink a lot of wine. Lots and lots of wine… like at least 23, I mean 10 (AHEM!), bottles between now and Christmas. Good thing I have Kyle and friends that are willing to sacrifice their time to help me drink all of this wine. Wine makes me smile and gives me hope that I will survive yet another Q4 in retail : )
A few months ago, I received a package from Shoes.com with an invitation and coupon to try Naked Wines. I’m not one to pass up a great wine deal and, to be honest, their name intrigued me (NAKED wine??!) so I headed over to the Naked Wines website to see what they were all about.
Naked Wines is a wine retailer that sells exclusive wines at wholesale (read: low) prices. They do this by investing in independent, start-up and/or under-the-radar winemakers that sell their wine solely through Naked Wines. The winemakers benefit from the marketing, Naked Wines benefits from selling exclusive wines and WE benefit from super low prices on great wines. Sounds like a win-win-win situation to me!
Naked Wines also has an “Angel” program that allows you to invest in their great winemakers but spend your entire investment on wine for yourself. What a great investment! Basically (go here for full details), you put $40 into your Angel account each month and can spend it on whatever Naked Wines you like. Your monthly contribution never goes away and you can get a full refund at any time. PLUS (yes, there IS more!), you get to purchase wine at an even lower price! I’m not an Angel yet, although, I am thinking it would make for a great Christmas or Hanukkah present (hint, hint…) ; )
I am a huge advocate of small businesses AND if I can support the small guys and benefit from inexpensive wine at the same time, sign me up!
Anyways, a few months ago, I ended up ordering a case of wine from Naked Wines. With my coupon, it cost me a whopping $76.99, including shipping! That’s a little over $6 per bottle. Seriously, $6/bottle for amazing wine (even Kyle, a self-made wine snob loves it!) that is delivered directly to your door. God must love me : )
Last night after CrossFit I enjoyed a glass of the 2011 Arabella Cabernet Sauvignon from the Western Cape of South Africa. To be honest, I was somewhat nervous about opening a 2011 vintage so soon. I was pleasantly surprised, however, by the smoothness of this wine! It had a sort of cherry aroma with the delicious Cab flavor I have grown to love. If the photos below tell you anything it should be that I will definately be buying this bottle from Naked Wines again!
Another fun aspect of this company is that they mark all of their bottles with a QR code that, when scanned, brings up information about the winemaker and the variety of wine you are drinking. An important aspect if you are attending a wine tasting event and want to impress the host with your vast knowledge of wines… or at least the bottle of wine you brought from Naked Wines ; )
What are your tactics for coping with stressful days (or months) at work? Do you have a favorite bottle of wine you like to enjoy on the weekends?