New (wine) Traditions

Show of hands, who is still surprised when their husband does something sweet?

Mine is raised.

I'm not sure why, my husband can actually be very thoughtful, but I'm definitely still taken aback when he surprises me with a gesture that wasn't a direct result of me threatening his life.

With his new role, my husband will be traveling a ton. Mostly back and forth from Maine to South Carolina until we permanently move but also internationally to work on site for his company.

His first  trip took him to the wine region of France.

I was so panicked about being alone with the baby and planning my escape to my parent's that I didn't even have time to be jealous....until the text pics and instas of wine caves and vineyards started rolling in.

I mean, the kid doesn't even like wine.

I LOVE wine! 

Shouldn't I be the one shacking up in a chateau and drinking me way through Burgundy and Alsace!? 
Behold, his actual hotel:

Just as I was starting to really hate my husband (and coincidentally just after I went to Target and bought anything that might make myself and our baby feel better after a marathon day of screaming), I received this text:

without me knowing, my husband packed an empty suitcase to fill with wine and bring home to me.

Talk about speaking my love language.

Behold, the actual suitcase:
In my house, we have a little saying "pic or it didn't happen"....the claim of said wine suitcase was too much for be to believe without a pic. 

After each vineyard, fancy french dinner or countryside tour, my husband sent me a photo of the bottles of wine he selected to bring home for us....or of the glasses he consumed that lead him to his purchases. 

By the time his trip was over, 12 bottles of wine (including two bottles of bubbles!) were making their way stateside.

Sadly, we lost two in transit
RIP, friends.

but the 10 who came home to roost were lovingly displayed on the counter for me when I made it back to Maine with the babe. 

We decided that (since I have a portion control problem) we should assign each bottle of wine an occasion or milestone, mark the bottle and wait until just the right moment to open it. 

I have to say that I am just in love with this idea. 
We're huge travelers and we always struggle with just the right souvenir to bring home - you know, one that isn't tacky/cheap/meaningless once we shake off the vacation goggles and have to find a home for it in our house. 

To make the deal even sweeter, because my husband worked so hard to pick just the right bottles, he's now super invested in the fancy wine drinking! He told me which bottles we should let age and which were ok to drink that night (love language, there you are again) and helped me pick which occasions were just the right level of momentous for each vintage. 

Don't get me wrong, mama is still slugging back grocery store clearance wine during the witching hour on a Tuesday night but I honestly can't wait until we purchase our new house in South Carolina and get to open our first tagged French Red. And Gray, when you go to kindergarten, mama and daddy are celebrating by day drinking the second fanciest bottle of French Champagne we've got. 

Hope you're cool with riding in car pool on day one! 

linking up with Annie for Thoughts on Thursday


  1. I'm super jealous your man is so interested in wine!! Theo knows his stuff when it comes to craft beers but wine is my love and he couldn't care less! I love that you're saving the bottles for a special occasion. That would be so hard to do, I might need someone to hide them. When you move to SC come down to Charleston and visit!!

  2. Oh my god - your husband is a genius!! I love that you're saving all the bottles for milestones in your lives together - that is such a wonderful tradition!!!

  3. Aw I love the idea of saving them for special events :) Such a good hubby!

  4. I am all about some fancy wine...especially champagne! We had been saving a bottle of Dom and had it last night for our anniversary! So fun to look forward to it.

  5. bummer that two bottles broke but SO sweet of him to bring back a suitcase of booze!! and that hoetl is a dreeeam! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  6. This is awesome! I am such a sucker for things like this. Great idea!!

  7. I absolutely LOVE this idea!!! I too have a portion control problem and could probably use a tactic like this. We hit up the 5 cent wine sale at BevMo to "stock me up for a while" and that shizz is almost back at nothing. #oops. What a sweet hubs...that gets a ton of points!

  8. He is so fancy… please tell me Justin not only knows how to properly age wine but also how to successfully pair it with Sluggles and Sour Patch Kids……xoxo!

  9. This is so nice and thoughtful of him!!! And damn girl, I applaud you for saving bottles of wine for 8 years in the future...I don't think I'd have that kind of self control :) I wonder when my boss will send me to wine country in France :)

  10. This is the greatest. Both him buying the wines and your idea of saving them for special moments. I don't know if I could wait that long, but I applaud the idea. :)

  11. damn, I love this. What a sweet gesture plus I'm obsessed with your labeling process. So much fun to tag your wine and champagne for special occasions. Unfortunately, I have no willpower. So I probably couldn't wait but the thought was there...


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