On my bike ride into work the other day, I started thinking about “the holiday season.” It was almost two years ago now that I started my blog and by far the most unexpected aspect of the whole experience has been the “blogging community” and how many people out there (most of whom I have never met) I would consider “friends.” Sure, if you put us all in a room for a couple of hours (particularly without any wine) we might figure out that everyone else was an insufferable navel-gazing jerk, but I like to think that we would all get along famously (with the exception of the Food and Wine Hedonist, naturally, since he clearly has more problems than a math book*).
So in the spirit of the season, I thought I would propose a little idea.
I have never been very keen about the whole “Secret Santa” idea, particularly at work. I inevitably get stuck with someone I despise, but nonetheless try to find “the perfect gift.” It usually is met with “What? Why didn’t you just give me some wine? I thought you were, like, a professional alcoholic or something!”
Then I open my gift and it is a pair of polyester socks with a bottle of wine and a very drunk looking Santa.
To which I respond: “What? Why didn’t you just give me some wine? I am, after all, like a amateur alcoholic!”
This year, I thought I would propose something to all the rest of you alcoholics out there (professional and amateur alike). What would you say to a “Secret Alcoholic Wine Swap”?
The idea is similar to the whole Secret Santa thing, but this way no one will be stuck with at best another crappy corkscrew or at worst one of those Corksicles. Here are the proposed guidelines:
- We select 1-2 bottles of wine that we either purchase or grab from our cellars.
- We put a lower limit on the retail price of the wine(s) ($30?), which you can of course exceed….
- NO SAMPLES (for ethical as well as not wanting to be labeled a complete jack-donkey don’t send any wine you got for free, no matter how cute that critter is on the label).
- You should have a blog (I am not quite sure if this needs to be a rule–let me know what you think).
- Limited to people with a U.S. address.
- Indicate if you have any strong limitations (e.g., Red Only or No German Riesling! [which would make Oliver’s head explode…])
- You send me your address and I will have my wife (or my five year old) chose the names. You would then get an email stating to whom you send the wine. [You should also include when the best time to ship might be if you are going to be gone at all.]
- Get the wine shipped out before the end of the year, if possible.
Then at the end of the process, we all will have some more fodder for our beloved blogs.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments if you like/hate the idea and if you have any further suggestions/deletions from the above. We would need to get this ball rolling by the end of next week at the latest, I would think.
*I am kidding about John (aka FWH)–he is one of the few bloggers I have met, and he is a very nice guy.