My mother is a notorious wine thief. If I leave my Chardonnay unattended for even a second, it vanishes and typically turns up in my mother’s hand. It’s not that she’s a lush; she just gets so caught up cooking and catching up with the family that she forgets which glass was hers. She suddenly finds herself empty-handed and grabs the nearest glass and carries on. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an endearing quality, but at the same time, I don’t like to play hide and seek with my wine. I had to end this wine thievery once and for all.
One holiday season I bought my mom these lovely little wine charms. They were all the same shape but in different colors, like little jewels that dangle from your wine stem. Everyone thought they were brilliant –surely these would fix the problem! I took comfort in the fact that I could set my glass down and everyone knew that the purple charm was mine. Not ten minutes later, Mom was in the kitchen, taking a swig from the purple-charmed Pinot.
“Mom, that’s my glass!”
“I thought I was purple.”
“No, you’re green!”
If this were Monopoly, everyone would know I was the thimble on Park Place, but in real-life my purple bedazzled wine glass on the coffee table was apparently too ambiguous. This was not a game. I had to take it up a notch.
I ordered a set of custom wine charms from CafePress, each one with a photo of a different member of my family. Mom may not remember colors, but she can’t forget her own face (and if she does, then we have bigger things to worry about)! I gave our family of wine charms to Mom for Mother’s Day this year. She thinks they’re great! I think they’re necessary.
It’s been 3 months, and I’m happy to report that our wine has been safe ever since!
- Brady, Wine Enthusiast / Category Manager of Apparel & Accessories