DIRECT PRESS — December 2021

DIRECT PRESS — December 2021

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      Your monthly wines are available for pick-up today, December 1st.

      • Free local delivery: we will deliver beginning Wednesday, December 1st
      • Brooklyn Delivery (non-local): we will deliver NEXT Wednesday, December 8th
      • Manhattan / Queens Delivery: we will deliver NEXT Thursday, December 9th
      • Out of state orders: we will ship beginning Wednesday, December 1st

      Select your option below to view the wines you'll be receiving this month.

      PRESS 4 MIX 
      PRESS 4 RED
      PRESS 4 WHITE
      PRESS 2

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      STAFF FAVORITES

      An end-of-year roundup of what we're into now

       

      It's become a yearly tradition for our December wine club to simply be about some of the staff's current favorites. So much of our business is built on the conversations we have with people about wine, it only seems fitting to end the year by answering the fundamental question we receive from so many of our engaged customers: what are you drinking right now?

      It's a real privilege to be able to answer that question earnestly. We're lucky to be able to have customers coming into our small shop who are curious and prepared to dive into the deep end of the pool with us. At the end of the day, we all have different tastes, so it takes a certain level of trust to go along with a stranger's recommendation. So we try pretty hard to get past being strangers, and that is when we really start to get to know people and what they like. That leads to being able to talk about why someone didn't like a wine, or trading restaurant recommendations, which leads to talking about who-knows-what. Anyone who has met me knows I'm likely to digress onto a whole range of topics that have nothing at all to do with wine.

      So this month's theme is on a more existential plane. It highlights the gratification we all feel at being trusted and respected enough to have a place in your everyday lives and to have an influence on your rituals, your meals, your moments of joy. With that in mind, all of us — Kirk, Cara, Alex, Greg, and myself — have picked out wines that we personally love. They all are delicious, but we also love them because of the people who made them, the people who import them, and the reps who sell them to us.

      Many are wines that didn't fit neatly into another wine club theme or fill a strong enough void on our shelves: making this theme a much-needed way to include some amazing wines that we'd have to say no to for reasons that are more about the physical limitations of a 200 square-foot store than the wine itself.

      But most of all this is about the part of the job that has kept me and my colleagues engaged for so long: the back and forth of sharing what we're all excited about. It never gets old, in fact without it we're all drinking in a vacuum, and we all got to experience that last year. A year-plus of isolated pandemic drinking is more than enough reminder for me that I'm here for the people first, and the wine second. I'm happy we're still here and you're still asking us what we're liking.

      Cheers!

      Jonathan and Kirk

      jonathan@vwm.wine

      kirk@vwm.wine