"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."
1871 - 1922
I carry an old square chit of paper colored with my paternal grandfather’s calligraphy and the above words. Something about the crinkled paper, his writing, and those words resonated deeply with me the day he let me take it from his study many years ago and now more than ever during this unusual time in history.
In thinking about the approaching winter and holiday season and how one might go about finding some normalcy and celebratory camaraderie with friends and loved ones, all the while respecting the need for social distancing, Boulder Lifestyle Magazine asked Brett Zimmerman, MS, owner of the Boulder Wine Merchant, and me to ponder how we as hospitality and wine professionals would suggest setting the scene.
While the days of large gatherings complemented with tables overflowing with food and open bottles of wine are not on the menu this year, heed the words of Marcel Proust and consider Brett’s festive and thoughtful advice to celebrate this season with Zalto Glassware and Coravin. With a beautiful set of Austrian glassware to transport you with just one whiff of wine from its delicate rim and a wine preservation system that allows you to simultaneously access and preserve a bottle of wine for months, you may buy that special bottle just for yourself, taste a couple bottles virtually with friends, and celebrate the moment with fresh eyes.
Perfect Picks for an At Home Wine Tasting
Boulder Wine Merchant
2690 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304
Coravin Wine Preservation System | Burlington, Massachusetts
Zalto Stemware | Neunagelberg, Austria
KOW Steaks - American Wagyu Beef | Southwest Iowa
Paniole Olive Oil | Tuscany, Italy
OmNom Chocolate | Reykjavik, Iceland