Welcome to Chipmonkey Wine!
How/Why Did Chipmonkey Wine Start?
In 2018, my dear friend lost her husband to cancer. After the service she had mentioned she had a “go-to” wine. This was an easy to find, mass-produced label, that although isn’t known for quality, still carries an over $20 price tag. It struck me that although I couldn’t take her pain away, as a certified somm friend, I could at least send her better wine.
Soon after, I had 6 wines sent to her from a nearby winery. But that same night, at 3am, I woke up in a panic, feeling that my gift was such an inadequate, impersonal gesture. Thinking about our conversation after the service, it occurred to me that night itself, that I could pair the wines to her life. That morning I canceled the initial wine order and wrote her wine pairings that were relevant to her life. For example, I paired a light straw New Zealand Pinot Gris to the bleach blond first mustache hairs her oldest son was sprouting, as “although not a typical sommelier pairing technique, in this case I feel it’s best to match color to color”. To deter the many well-wishers who mean well but often overstay their welcome, I matched an robust Aussie Shiraz, because, “if your dark stained teeth don’t scare them away, at 15% alcohol, your slurring certainly will.” My hope was to just bring her a smile during such an unimaginably tough time. It worked.
On the encouragement of this dear friend and others, I turned this crazy idea into a scale-able business, and developed a website where anyone can personally and easily send high quality wine for any number of life’s celebratory and/or challenging occasions.
Enter Chipmonkey Wine, the most fun way to send unique wine gifts delivered for you that are delicious and personalized!
What's a Chipmonkey?
Chipmonkey is a combination of chipmunk and monkey, the nicknames of our two kids. They are, after all, the reason we drink (wink)!
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