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What exactly is a “special” occasion, anyway?

What makes something a “special” occasion? A birthday, wedding, anniversary, new job… sure, these are all some pretty typical answers. But how about just an impromptu Tuesday night bbq with good friends and family?

Allow me to back up a bit. A few months ago, my mom and I attended a huge wine sale/tasting with endless amounts of free wine. After a few hours, we ended up leaving with a hand-picked case of wine and champagne that we had especially enjoyed during the tasting.

Over the last few months, we’ve drank all the wine with the exception of one bottle. A 2006 Syrah from South Africa. A guy at the wine tasting recommended that we let it mature ten years before we open it. Wait ten years in this house to open a bottle of wine? Yeah, right. But we both decided that we would at least save it for yep, you guessed it, a “special occasion.”

Return to (somewhat) present day. It’s Tuesday night and I find myself surrounded with my family and two pretty spectacular friends. We’re drinking wine, sharing stories, and laughing ’til our bellies hurt. Before we know it, we’re out of wine. Well, almost….. there’s still that one bottle. My mom and I both look at each other and say screw it, THIS is a special occasion…this is what it’s all about.

Impromptu nights with great company make for the best memories, and the most special of occasions. You better believe we opened that bottle of wine and it tasted delicious…I think. I don’t actually really remember. All I really know is that it was a great night with great company.
Here’s to good wine, good friends, and “special” occasions!

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