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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

My favorite gift to give this year: Trader Joe's L'Éclat 1990 Blanc de Blancs ($12.99!)


Every holiday season I usually feel inspired when I give gifts. This year, though, I haven't been hit by the spirit of Christmas yet. While I usually like to give experiences (event tickets / restaurant gift cards),  travel related gifts (miles/travel gadgets) or even glassybaby votives (they're restocking colors in 2021), none of these gifts I typically give feel right this year. I'm feeling lost.

I also miss my girlfriends who I haven't seen since the end of February. I miss flying back to Massachusetts and long brunches with endless Mimosas.  A frequent topic of conversation on our calls is the hopeless feeling of wondering when we'll actually see each again. Will life on Saturday morning ever be as simple and perfect again as brunch together? The thought seems hard to imagine at this point. 

This week, I was at Trader Joe's and I spotted this - a magnum (1.5L) of L'Éclat 1990 Blanc de Blancs Brut and Brut Rosé.  The double-size bottles are enormous, sparkly and gorgeous. The Brut leans towards fresh fruit notes with the Rosé skewing towards a sweeter cake flavor. Both, a steal at $12.99.  I picked up several bottles of both. With these in my cart, it felt like a promise of good things to come. I love these as a gift.

Wrap it, put a bow on it, add a handwritten note offering brunch nest year and this simple gift becomes a hopeful gesture, a gift of hope, of brunch mornings, celebrations and time spent together. Drop it off on someone's doorstep and you've left them a symbol of good things to come.

Giving this as a gift, I can't think of a better $12.99 I've ever spent. 

 L'Éclat 1990 Blanc de Blancs Brut and Brut Rosé are currently available through the holiday season at Trader Joe's store where wine is sold.

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