How to order a Mystery Case!

It’s Monday morning and CJ is at work with a serious case of the Mondays.

Bored and listless, she suffers.  All she can think about is the weekend that is so far away.  It’s going to be so hot this week.  She just wants to click her heels and not be in Kansas aka Monday anymore.

But wait.  She vageuly remembers getting an email from Cellar on Greene last week.  Something about a Mystery Case.  $90 for a case of wine?  At the time she blew it off because surely it was too good to be true, and she couldn’t think about wine last Thursday anyway, because she’d had a bit too much the night before and was feeling ill.  But today!  Today was the day.  Thoughts of wine would whisk her away to her happy place where it was Friday at 5pm instead of Monday at 10am.

So she opens her email and scrolls down.  Here is what she sees:

wow! some cool people must've written this!

Hallelujah!  This is awesome!

hercules! hercules!

She gets busy picking her five choices out of the 24 wines available for the Mystery Case.  She hasn’t heard of many of the wines, but there’s a Cava listed and she loves Sparkling wine so she’s pumped about that.  A Sangiovese sounds good too.  She knows the people at Cellar have a lot of good wine, so she trusts that the remaining bottles will be good.   Off goes her order…

She waits patiently.  What will happen next?  did they get her order?  what if they didn’t?  anxiety sets in.  She paces.  She gets a snack to distract herself.  After some deep breathing exercises, she feels better- and then bam!  Look what arrives in her inbox!!

god these people are good.

Relief washes over her.  She WILL be getting her wine today!  Her phone rings and it’s Kaitlin on the other end.  CJ excitedly reads off her credit card number, where it is safely stored in a fancy filing cabinet at Cellar on Greene.  The rest of her day she spends in a jittery haze, trying to get work done but really thinking about wine ALL. DAY.  Meanwhile, at Cellar, Kaitlin gets to work packing up her wine:

glamorous work, this is.

Kaitlin actually has a lot of fun packing Mystery Cases.  If she knows you well enough, she will likely pick wines that she knows you’ll especially like.  For example, if the last time you had dinner at Cellar you really enjoyed a Malbec- you will probably find an extra Malbec in your case.  She has a wierd memory for wines people like.

At long last, CJ escapes from her prison of employment and comes to pick up her wine.

She arrives breathless and estatic.  At last she will be united with her twelve bottles of wine.  Since she already paid for her wine, she doesn’t even need to bring her purse in!  She and Kaitlin have a meaningful exchange and CJ snatches her case away.

Giddily, she drives home.


Ahhhhh!  Loot!  She relaxes on the sofa and picks a random bottle to open.  Bonarda?  she’d never heard of it before, but she likes it!  And to think, all this transpired in the course of one day.  And for just $97.60, including tax.  It’s shocking to say the least.

Please note: no actual wine was consumed during this process.  That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. 


Reunion Malbec, 2009 Mendoza

Who loves Malbec?  You ALL do.  I know you do, because it’s our best seller at Cellar!  A Cellar-best-seller I call it.  Not my most creative use of words, but it sure it fun to say.  Cellarbestseller.  Argentinian wines, especially Malbec, have definitely boomed over the past several years.  Malbec Mania, you could call it.  The United States imported a whopping 48% of Argentina’s exported Malbec in 2010! (source).  We luuuuvs the stuff.  And while I’ve heard buzz from various wine publications that Chile may be poised to rival Argentina in 2011 in terms of sales, if Columbia is any indicator, Malbec hasn’t lost any ground.  In all honesty, Columbia probably isn’t a good indicator, but that doesn’t serve my point very well.

But onward we move- let’s talk about why this wine rocks!  First of all, I know you want to know how much it costs.  Because you’re not going to keep reading if its outta your price range.  But it’s only $13!  So keep reading!  Malbec consistently over-achieves in this price range, which is a good reason it’s so darn popular.  Malbec is perhaps one of the friendlier grapes I know; it is approachable, easy-going and likeable, and the Reunion is no exception.  A concentrated deep magenta/purple-y color, it is ripe with flavors of plum and cherries, with a truly lip-smacking palate of dark chocolate, black pepper, and light leather.  Its right on the money at 13.5% alcohol, as you are not left with any hotness whatsoever.  It strikes me as a relatively unmanipulated wine, meaning it is a pure expression of what an Argentine Malbec should be, without excessive interference from oak or a meddling winemaker.  It just is.

malbec grapes. they look a lot like... grapes.

I’m trying desperately to come up with a superhero to compare this wine to, but I think that would be a bit of a reach, even for me.  Basically I saw X Men First Class this week and it was amazing, so all I can think about are superheroes.  Allow me to divert into a bit of a rant, if you would.  Up until last week I didn’t think there were people out there that legitimately think it’s okay to make fun of someone for liking the X Men movies.  I was called a loser, I was asked if I was going to get an X Men lunch box, and a slew of other insults were hurled at me by this person (ahem… Trevor).

Personally, I question anyone that cannot appreciate a good escape into fantasy.  I question their inability to enjoy things that are imaginative and fun and allow us a brief respite from our everyday lives.  How is this a bad thing?  It’s FUN to imagine a world where I don’t have to pay bills, return library books on time, vacuum up the never-ending amount of cat hair that coats my floors, or remember to change the air filter in my AC.  It would be much cooler if I could control metal, read people’s minds, fly, create hurricanes, or make myself look like anyone I want.  So go see X Men First Class.  It’s good.  And when you get home you can open a bottle of wine and contemplate what super powers you would want if superheroes were real.  This is a better use of time then watching a lot of the crap that’s on TV, in my opinion.

Okay, let’s change the subject.  Here’s a cute picture of Ricky’s beagle, Reggie:

She’s just chillin’ in the armchair.  She’s a very Zen sort of beagle.  I think she appreciates fantasy life.  And maybe even wine.

Alright that’s all I got for today.  Reunion Malbec is by the glass at Cellar on Greene for the forseeable future, and can of course be purchased to take home for $13 a bottle any old time you want!