Whether you were anxiously awaiting 2021 or it just felt like another Friday, the new year has arrived and with it the ability for a fresh start if you need one. Hopefully you had the chance to relax and unwind a little bit over the holidays. While there isn’t a magical wand to wave to take away the day-to-day realities we all live, there are ways to find goodness in the world. So I thought what am I doing this year to make me and my friends happy and how can I share it with you all? Well, I have the perfect answer!
I know that one of the harder parts for me to adjust to the world last year was the physical distance I had to have even from my closest of friends. Now that I’ve adjusted my mentality I actually look forward to our virtual get togethers and realized that one of the best ideas I could think of was to organize a virtual wine tasting with it.
I love talking about wine and I love talking to my friends. So I mean while safely at home, combining the two is kind of the best thing that I have come up with. Over the last year it is no shame that I have been supporting and sharing local wine love because I believe that Canadian wine is some of the best in the world.
With big changes coming for my life, let alone finding reasons to celebrate my friends, I love the idea of organizing my first ever wine tasting with my friends. One of the first blog posts I ever wrote was actually based on a wine tasting in person when Catherine and I first move to Toronto seven years ago.
Fast forward to 2021, and while I can’t wait to give her a good squeeze, I’m gonna reach out to her, Justin, and many other people I love to hopefully ask them what their favourite wines are.
Of course I love to support local, so ordering from a website like Collab Wine & Beverage makes things like this really easy. Choosing from my personal favourites like Marynissen Estates Winery, Fogolar Wines and The Old Tun Brewing I can add to my basket and ship to us all from the website.
Then when I know the orders are in we could set a date and grab some cheese, charcuterie and snacks from online grocery or an essential run to the store. Setting a time and date, we all then can pop some wine together and chat through.
Personally, if I can recommend some of my absolute favourites and crowd pleasers
Wanna make it extra special or have a special situation to celebrate? Order some flowers or locally made candles. Let’s all remember that we can stay connected amid everything going on. I miss my friends terribly and I hope to give them a squeeze soon, but in the meantime at least I can laugh with them virtually over some amazing wine.
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Don’t forget to be kind & laugh a little more this year, and the next!
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