Wine is a Grocery, WIne is a Luxury

Wine is NOT a grocery… And other drunken expertise

Not a Grocery

So the other day I am cruising Instagram (my social media interaction of choice) and I see a meme that’s been going around awhile; a quote the people have come to believe – it says “Wine is a grocery, Not A Luxury”.

And I die a little inside. And I cannot believe how much I am bothered by this. I mean you can buy wine at a grocery store. Hell, you can buy wine at 7/11. But no – I insist – wine is NOT a grocery.

Grapes are a grocery. Grape Juice is a grocery. Vinegar is a grocery. But wine – wine is so much more.

Maybe wine is an accessible luxury. Maybe we can throw the word luxury out all together – it makes it sound like a Louis Vitton bag – as if it is only for the elite and those who like to blow all their tax refund on a single vice. But still, wine is so much more. Have you ever met a winemaker? Have you heard them passionately talk about the heart and soul they put in to the product you are purchasing, drinking, aging, gifting? Then you know wine is MORE than a grocery.

You know wine is an art. You know the number of hands that have touched your wine – viticulturists. farmers, winemakers – the travel it has take – from earth to barrel to bottle to you – YOU KNOW this is something more special than any grocery.

If you have ever step foot in wine country and met those beautiful hippies who have dedicated their lives to making sure what you consume is special, valuable, worthy of an experience worth traveling to see how it is done, then you know wine is more than a grocery.

Now I am certain this whole “Wine is a grocery” slogan came from the wine industry itself in hopes you would pick a bottle up at the grocery store. They hoped you would include wine in your weekly grocery budget. They hoped you would think “Wine is for everyone” and that message IS right. But in the way that EVERYBODY deserved the luxury of wine; not as a marketing tool but as a way to treat yourself.

Wine People Presents

White Elephant Wine Gifts

My family decided this year we were strictly buying gifts for all the kids in the extended family and the adults instead are doing a White Elephant grab bag. Naturally, whoever ends up with mine will certainly have a new wine item and a great laugh. I figured this would be a great idea for a first post on my blog: White Elephant at all prices.

Under $10
Sir Perky Novelty Bottle Stopper – $8.99
There are a lot of pretty hilarious wine stoppers but this is hands down my favorite. It’s just pretty hilarious plus I kind of hope someone like my grandmother ends up with it.

Dapper ‘Staches Silicon Drink Markers – $5.91
Yep – mustaches are still funny. Funnier if they’re stuck to wine glasses making it look like your sister has a mustache. These are much more fun than little wine charms plus they work for stemless glasses.


Double Wall Insulated Wine Tumbler – $9.99
Or as my sister calls it “Mommy’s Sippy cup”.  A great way to be running around the house doing chores and drinking wine without worrying about making a mess by spilling or break a glass.


The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert: Take a Whiff of That – $12.61
I already know which cousin I hope would end up with this book. He’s always asking me lots of wine questions that this book could really help him out with. It’s set up in non-intimidating way… Plus how many scratch and sniff books are left out there for adults?

Ultimate Wine Bottle Glass – $14.12
I’ve seen pics of this all over Instagram and Pinterest and now I found one for purchase. True story – even if I am the one putting this in grab bag, I am going to try to get it and keep for myself.


Foldable Wine Bottle – $12.59
I’ve actually used these for a few different occasions. They’re great to smuggle your wine and other booze into glass-free places or concerts or even cruises. They hide through x-rays except for the cap and hold a whole bottle of wine.


Silicone Wine Glasses – $19.99
For the uncle that likes to go camping or the cousin (which in my family would be me) who is particularly clumsy, these “glasses” are perfect. The bend, can be dropped, are easy to pack and will never break.


3-in-1 Wine Pourer, Aerator, and Chiller – $17.95
And then try to convince that family member who is always dropping ice cubes in their wine it is not longer necessary.


Open Door Policy Doormat – $18.20
Bring wine and we will open the door? That’s pretty funny – and because after the holidays I will be SO over visitors -I’m sure the mailman will at least get a laugh out of it.


(Click on the images to link to Amazon. All links are safe – and most items have Amazon Prime eligibility – that means if you’re a member, free 2 day shipping in time for the holidays!)