Your Wine Personality Is: The Homebody

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Is there anything better…

than coming home at the end of a long day, immediately removing your bra, throwing yourself on the couch, and pouring yourself a delicious glass of Pinot? 
You keep a very busy lifestyle with a  hectic schedule and your ideal night would be unwinding at home, relaxing with a glass of wine, some chocolate, and a few episodes of Friends. Bars and clubs aren’t so much your scene--- you’d much rather stay in and spend your cash on an extra nice bottle of vino than on cover charges and late-night Uber rides!

You’ve invested plenty of time making your home a comfy, cozy oasis--- and your wine rack is one of your favorite pieces of decor! Finding delicious, easygoing wines to fill it with is one of your favorite hobbies. You love nothing more that to snuggle up with some scented candles and fill your glass with something yummy. Quality is something that matters to you, and you will invest in simple luxuries that help you de-stress.

Your friends love to come to your place because they know you always have plenty of good stuff in your Netflix queue and plenty of awesome wine to uncork!

We have 10 specially customized, sommelier-curated wine recommendations especially for our homebodies:

Sparkling Wine: Cleto Chiarli Brut De Noir Rose, $16

The ultimate pizza wine, Lambrusco is an Italian sparkling wine that comes in red, white, and rosé styles. This one has a gorgeous pink color with effervescent bubbles and notes of roses, strawberries and raspberries. A blend of Pinot Noir and an indigenous grape varietal called Grasparossa (which is one of over 60 grapes in the Lambrusco family), it’s the perfect wine to uncork and unwind with. Enjoyable without needing to overthink it!

Light-Bodied White Wine: Domaine Bailly-Reverdy, Sancerre Chavignol 2016, $24

This Sauvignon Blanc from the Sancerre appellation of France's Loire Valley is vibrant and thirst-quenching with notes of coriander, white peach, grapefruit, and fresh pear, all highlighted among notes of chalky minerals.  The vineyards have been in the family since the turn of the century, and Domaine Bailly-Reverdy produces classic, letter-perfect Sancerre.

Full-Bodied White Wine:  Pike Road Pinot Gris 2015, $15

Prepare to fall in love with Pinot Gris from Oregon with one twist of the Pike Road screwcap. Made from 100% hand-picked fruit from the Willamette Valley, the wine has a round and mouth filling texture and flavors of tropical fruit and yellow pear. It is delicious and an unbelievable value too!

Aromatic White Wine: Trimbach Riesling 2014, $16.99

Riesling is the most emblematic of Alsace grape varieties. With a delicate bouquet, it’s perfectly balanced between its dry personality, its distinguished fruitiness, and its exceptional richness. Vinified dry, it’s full of spring blossoms, white peach, and apricot notes.

Rosé Wine: Banshee Rose 2017, $18.97

This  rosé from California’s Central Coast is a blend of Grenache, Grenache Gris, Barbera, Syrah, and Pinot Noir from a biodynamic vineyard. Bright and aromatic, the aromas of white peach, citrus, and apricot blossom aromas unfold onto the palate with blood orange, rhubarb and pomegranate flavors. Lively acidity with great tension and verve with a chalky, saline quality.

Orange Wine: Attems Ramato Pinot Grigio 2016, $16.99

A special vinification practice led to the use of this term "ramato," or coppery: the must remains in contact with the skins for 24 hours and this practice gives the wine a very distinctive copper hue. Medium-bodied, vibrant and juicy on the palate, with a supple texture and a classically dry finish, drink it over the coming year.

Light-Bodied Red Wine: Red Car Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, $45

From California's Sonoma Coast comes this absolutely enchanting Pinot Noir. It's incredibly aromatic, with notes of rose and crushed violets, red cherries, and wild herbs. On the palate it's soft and elegant and brimming with red raspberry flavors. Sustainable farming that incorporates organic and biodynamic principles make this wine a conscious choice you can feel great about drinking.

Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Achaval-ferrer Quimera Red Blend 2013, $25.97

This harmonious red blend from Mendoza, Argentina combines 50% Malbec, 24% Cabernet Franc, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot in a juicy, fruity, delicious red that’s perfect as a pairing with steak or even pizza. Floral aromas with blackberry, blueberry and cassis. are, well-integrated with flavors of crushed blackberry, licorice and bitter chocolate.

Full-Bodied Red Wine:  Château Canon, Croix Canon Saint-Émilion 2011, $55

Croix Canon, a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, is crafted with precision and care. The nose is fresh, delicate and fruity; the palate is silky with an intense aromatic expression and firm tannin structure. When CHANEL bought Chateau Canon in 1996, it decided to invest heavily in the property to enable its wines to attain the full magnitude of a Saint-Emilion 1er Grand Cru Classé once again. The vineyards, winery and facilities are as they are today thanks to a true concern to preserve the heritage of the past.

Dessert Wine: Patrick Bottex 'Rosé La Cueille', Bugey Cerdon, $19

This is a fizzy, fruity, and delightful sparkling rosé wine that is slightly sweet. Bugey is a tiny French commune halfway between Lyon and Geneva, and that's where they craft this flirtatious blend of Gamay (which is best known as the grape of Beaujolais) and a varietal native to the region called Poulsard. It's typically low in alcohol, with wild strawberry flavors that are juicy and fun, and it shows plenty of festive effervescence in the glass.

 

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About Your Sommelier...

Before we go any further, let me introduce myself: I'm Sarah, the founder of The Lush Life, and I'm a sommelier, wine educator, and event consultant based in Brooklyn. I’m almost always in the mood for Beyoncé and almost always in the mood for Champagne. I believe that opening a bottle of wine is the cheapest and quickest way to travel the world without leaving your sofa, and that life is way too short not to drink wines that you absolutely love!

If you ever wished you had a cool sommelier friend to help you navigate the complex world of wine, you’re in the right place.

I’m here to help you discover your own palate and totally own it; plus give you the tools to know your way around a wine list or retail shop like a pro. I’ll encourage you to try wines you’ve never heard of, play with spirits and creative cocktail making, pair food and wine like a boss, and just generally upgrade your life with bottles that are delicious, sustainable, stylish and affordable. You'll also find features dedicated to gorgeous glassware, covetable bar cart style, wine travel guides, and wine-inspired fashion and beauty brands. 

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