Rock at Wine: Wines that mean Business! Drinking wine in work situations
Drinks at work can be a massive power play. Drinking can be about camaraderie, it can be abut putting aside differences, or it can just be about unwinding and getting to know a coworker better. So choosing the right wine for a working lunch, or dinner with your boss can prove to be big challenge. You do not want to make a fool of yourself, for whatever reason.
The working lunch
Whether it is Friday afternoon over oysters or Wednesday afternoon over fish tacos, you will want a wine that is not going to get in the way of any work you have to wrap up after. The best is to go light, go white, and enjoy go for something refreshing. You'll love a crispy Gruner Veltliner, Albarino, or Riesling, and you'll still be able to power through that presentation thirty minutes later. Or maybe you'll just feel like your powered through, but you slurred "making cloud a core competency" and now you have to explain yourself to your boss.
The drink with the coworker
Lets not get too drunk here, because you have a sneaky suspicion that the bar you are in (or one close by) has some karaoke and you could be in trouble, If the bar has a good Pinot Noir, or even better a Beaujolais, then you will be totally cool. If your colleague is a wino, they will respect your decision. If they are not a wino, both are good wines they will still enjoy (if they asked).
The dinner with the boss
Hopefully dinner with the boss is a good thing, it usually is. We are guessing you are in a fancy place, celebrating some solid performance. Go big or go home! The dinner is either on them, or the company right? If you are having steak, then go with a meaty Cabernet Sauvignon, or better yet, a Bordeaux! Careful not to go too far back on the vintage, so stick to this century at least. If lobster is in the menu, go for French white wines. You can never go wrong with a good Chablis!
The company party
Oh boy. Either you have no choice, and we feel sorry for you, or you are the one responsible for buying all the wine for the event and everybody is going to judge you. Not a great position to be in either way. Crowd pleasers like Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon are your only real hopes here. Just be sure to leave room in the budget for Alka-Seltzer and pass them around the office the following morning. Cheap wine hangovers are the worst!
So there you go business superstar! You business pro! You rent from National don't you? You now know how to rock wine in the business world, whether wining and dining your boss, or getting closer to your colleagues. You can rock at wine, and be confident your choices will help you get that big promotion you want! Okay, maybe not, but at least you'll enjoy the wine.