Hello, hello! Lauren here from LaurenKelp.com and we are interrupting your regularly scheduled recipe post to talk entertaining. We’ve all found ourselves in a situation where you need to bring over a bottle of wine & it’s got to be good – classy, but not crazy expensive, a little exotic, but that fits everyone’s taste. Whether it’s meeting “the parents” for the first time, getting your boss a gift, or pairing the first “let me make you dinner,” the bottle you bring over says a lot – I like to think of it like a handshake. You know how you can tell a lot about someone by their handshake (or their shoes)? Well, wine is the same way.
Don’t stress! We are breaking down the case for the premium bottle of wine & what bottle is right to bring per situation. Go ahead & bookmark this, or send it to a friend (wink wink) – think of this as your little cheat sheet!
SITUATION #1: NEW FRIENDS
Your friendship has just been taken to the next level – you are invited over to the apartment. Whether it’s for a Scandal night or book club, the first hang at a friend’s house can determine the course of the friendship. What are you going to bring? They say nothing, but don’t be fooled, everyone brings their favorite wine for these types of hangouts.
Walk in with a bottle of K-J AVANT and you’ll be the cool new gal. Here is why K-J AVANT is a win for girl’s night – it’s good! In fact, it’s awesome. Especially now that the weather is changing, grab a bottle of the Red Blend and you’ll be golden. The price can’t be beat & you’ll feel smart because you know what you are betting on – a great bottle of wine that doesn’t take a chunk out of the paycheck.
SITUATION #2: MEETING “THE PARENTS”
Call me old school, but I still think meeting your significant other’s parents for the first time is a big deal. Impressions matter & we are going to make sure that your bottle of wine is a knock out. We can’t speak to the perfect outfit, but wine we’ve got in the bag 😉
So, you are totally in the dark as to what they like in a wine, maybe he is more of a “beer guy” and she likes cocktails – doesn’t matter. Walk in with a bottle of Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve and you are totally in. It’s smooth, it’s complex, and you look smart, sophisticated, yet practical where it counts. All qualities parents adore. Be safe and grab a bottle of Chardonnay and Merlot – you can afford it! The value of a $30 bottle of wine for half of the price, at that rate buy all of them!
SITUATION #3: AN IMPRESSIVE GIFT
Again, I might be old school, but there are times when you need to have a really impressive “go to” gift. Maybe it’s a boss, the connection that put in a good word, or a nice gift for a business acquaintance. What you give someone in these types of situations matter. Yes, absolutely, the thought counts, but it really leaves a good impression when the thought counts and it’s awesome.
For this scenario, it’s Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve all the way. The Pinot Noir is rich and smooth and the Cabernet Sauvignon is deep, bold, and totally delicious. Like you & your impressive gift, any bottle of Vintner’s is sophisticated and consistent. This particular bottle always says, “I appreciate the finer things in life & I am a savvy consumer.”
Check it out! You are all set from Girl’s Night In to the business gift that (basically) guarantees a promotion! Best part? No matter what, you’ve given someone a delicious bottle of wine that is consistently amazing and you didn’t break the bank. In fact, if you are like me, you bought one for them and one for you. Hey, it’s a reward for being a great gift giver!
Photography by Constance Higley