We think it鈥檚 safe to say that no matter what side of the aisle you stand on, politically speaking, Donald Trump鈥檚 inauguration coupled with the anticipation of what鈥檚 to come has been stressful and anxiety-ridden (and the Obamas鈥 emotional farewell tour hasn鈥檛 helped dry our tear ducts!). Of course, events like the Women鈥檚 Marches around the world聽are making us feel more empowered to harness our post-election feelings,聽but we鈥檙e still looking for some self-care methods that鈥檒l keep us happy and hopeful. Enter wine.聽And no, we don鈥檛 mean simply drinking our feelings away! We chatted with Adam Chumas, beverage director of Tom Douglas Restaurants, about how sharing a simple bottle of wine among friends can foster feelings of togetherness and positivity, and get you excited to learn about (and taste!) something new. To get the (grape) juices flowing, we asked Adam to pair some of his favorite bottles with some of our most pressing inaugural concerns. Cheers!

The 鈥淭reat Yo鈥 Self鈥 Bottle To Share With Your Friends, Because Feelings

AC: A splurge is always one of two things 鈥 a bottle of Champagne or a half bottle of something that I couldn鈥檛 afford if it were in a full bottle. Champagne just says good times. I like bracing, low dosage, blanc de blancs from grower producers [peep our handy Champers guide]. As far as half bottle splurges, they usually end up being a Barolo or Barbaresco to share with my wife over a bowl of handmade pasta at a great Italian restaurant.

The bottle with an eco-conscious edge that鈥檒l get you inspired to get active

AC: Memaloose out of the Columbia Gorge in Washington has all estate and organic vines that are planted around organic certified orchards. Their wines show off something that many Washington wine drinkers aren鈥檛 accustomed to: cool climate, low alcohol, fresh and expressive wines with refreshing acidity.

The bottle that鈥檚 forward-thinking, innovative and Brave 鈥 just like you!

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AC: One of the coolest things I鈥檝e tasted recently is the Raconteur Wine Co. White Blend. It鈥檚 made from Gruner Veltliner and Chenin Blanc 鈥 I鈥檓 not sure these two grapes have ever been incorporated into a blend together. Why it鈥檚 so cool to me is that it shirks the notion of single varietal wines and embraces the art of blending. Historically and even geographically these two grapes don鈥檛 belong together, but when you think of them from a flavor standpoint, it makes perfect sense. Minerality and acidity from Gruner and plush texture and ripe stone fruit from Chenin is a delicious combo!

The bottle to buy now and open in, oh, four years?

AC: I always like to get my hands on some Zind Humbrecht from one of their Grand Cru vineyards like Heimbourg or Turckheim and lay it down for a few. The wines are so powerful and rich but after a few years of maturation, they become well integrated and still maintain freshness. I love well-aged old world whites!

The bi-partisan bottle that will bring together palates of all politics

AC: A few times a year I get the pleasure of drinking a bottle of wine with my dad (we live on opposite sides of the country). He鈥檚 a self-proclaimed neophyte when it comes to wine, but he actually has a great palate. I like to challenge him and please his palate at the same time while drinking something that helps work for my old-world tendencies as well. The wines of Spain, particularly Ribera del Duero are a great way to get both plush full-bodied texture and earthiness. The most recent hit was a bottle of Emilio Moro.

What鈥檚 your go-to wine to relax? Share it with us @BritandCo!

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