Drinking wine is one of the best luxuries given to those over 21 years old. Whether your go-to glass is red, white, rose, or something bubbly, wine is delicious and best enjoyed at any time (just don’t enjoy at work or before you’re driving somewhere please!).
This coming Sunday is National Drink Wine Day and if you’re like me you certainly don’t need a reason to drink wine, but isn’t this a fun one?! Multiple studies over the years have shown that drinking a glass of wine a day improves heart health, reduces forgetfulness, boosts immunity, and increases bone density. I’m sure there’s plenty of studies that contradict some of these findings, but I’ll take my chances and go with the idea that wine is good for you!
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We drink wine often and I like to have at minimum 1-2 dozen bottles at home. I prefer to find the best wine deals when I buy and tend to buy in bulk when stores offer a discount when you purchase 6+ at a time. One of my biggest recommendations is don’t be a wine snob based on the price of a bottle! We’ve found some delicious wines that were in the $4-8 a bottle range and have tried some that were in the $20-30 range that were just so-so. A few of my favorite bottles from Trader Joe’s are only $3.99 and almost all of them are $9.99 or less.
One tip that I’ve found useful when wine shopping is to take photos of wine you purchase next to the shelf label for two reasons; 1) you know how much you spent when you open the bottle and 2) you have a picture of the label if you liked it and you want to buy more. I keep a photo folder on my phone with pictures of wine labels and mark the ones we enjoy as favorites as a reminder for when I go shopping.
I usually get wine from Trader Joe’s because anything they have is going to be a reasonable price and shy of really good sales, they have best price you can find. They also have Trader Joe’s labels that are actually more expensive wines with TJ labels so you’re getting a really good deal. I like to stock up on wine when I go to Total Wine when they have 15% off coupons and at Stater Bros when they have their 40% off wine sales. Every so often I’ll also pick up wine at Costco when they have a good selection because they usually have the wine spectator ratings and they tend to have good prices too.
If you’re a major wine lover and you don’t have a good storage solution yet, I highly recommend getting a bar cabinet. You’ll want something that stores wine, alcohol, and all your wine glasses. We recently splurged and bought a gorgeous bar cabinet from Crate and Barrel and I have to say it was totally worth the money! It’s exactly what we’ve been looking for but there’s tons of options available if you have a smaller space or not looking to spend a ton of money.
Wether you have a nice bar cabinet or just a small designated bar space, you’ll want to make sure you have go-to accessories such as a wine decanter, aerator, and bar-top cocktail sets.
You’ll want to make sure you have fun stuff like cork holders and wine accessories! We save our wine corks in a pretty holder and one of these days we’ll make something fun with them like a cork trivet or a cork wreath. Fun wine glasses and accessories are also a must! We tend to like simple wine glasses paired with fun accessories such as wine markers so guests know which glass is theirs. Amazon is a great place to find options that you normally won’t see in stores.
Wine accessories and wine related items also make great gifts for the wine drinkers in your life (which is probably just about everyone, right?!) and they make great gifts for multiple occasions. Wether someone is celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or you need a hostess or thank you gift, every wine lover in your life will enjoy these types of gifts.
I hope this blog post has inspired you to join me in opening a bottle and pouring yourself a healthy glass!
Let me know in the comments below, what are your favorite wines and go-to accessories?
Wine corks in title image by Elisha Terada via Unsplash
Wine with grapes in title image by Roberta Sorge via Unsplash