I love my job. I really, really love my job. I get to help people identify the most meaningful ways they can invest their money into nonprofits in the community. So, you might be wondering why I signed up to be a wine consultant with Scout & Cellar in my spare time. Three reasons:
1. I like to drink wine. At the end of the day, I like to relax with a glass of wine. And I really like sharing a tasty bottle of wine with friends and family. And I find the State Stores in PA overwhelming when I’m trying to buy a bottle. Having a curated selection to chose from narrows my choices and alleviates that stress. Have you read the book Paradox of Choice? In it, Barry Schwartz identifies how too many choices can lead to anxiety and stress. I’d rather have a Level 3 Sommelier make my decisions for me.
2. I like to eat organic when I can, I use products without chemicals on my skin, so why wouldn’t I do the same with wine? Knowing that the wine I’m drinking is clean-crafted is reassuring. And what does clean-crafted mean? To Sarah Shadonix, the founder of Scout & Cellar and the curator of the wines, it means that the wines are grown naturally—without the use of synthetic pesticides—and bottled consciously—without added sugars or chemicals to modify texture, flavor, color or aroma. The result is wine that is clean, delicious and better for you—just like nature intended!
3. I like getting packages in the mail – if I sign up for a wine club membership, I can get packages regularly throughout the year. It’s kind of like celebrating my birthday all year long! Wine clubs have been a long standing tradition between me and my dad. He has given me a wine club membership as my Christmas gift for a while now. I love having packages to come home to-sort of why I also have a history with Birchbox, Sock of the Month and Yogi Surprise.
And that last point leads me to another important reason why I’m working with Scout & Cellar – family. I mentioned that my father regularly gifts me with wine of the club memberships. Well, Sarah Shadonix is my father’s brother’s daughter. Did you follow that? She’s my cousin. And she grew up in Texas and I grew up in Pennsylvania and our grandparents lived in Iowa. We didn’t see each other very often. As I’m getting older I’m wanting a stronger connection to my extended family. Working with Sarah and her wine business is one way to do that.
If you want to learn more about Scout & Cellar, how to sign up for a wine club or how to join my team as an Independent Consultant, go to: www.scoutandcellar.com/christystuber