We all need a bit of cheering up during the coronavirus lockdown and what brings the cheer better than surprise bottles of wine?
Well, if you ask nicely, maybe the Wine Fairies will hook you up.
Originally created as a Facebook group of moms called the Sisterhood of the Traveling Wine, the group was started by a woman who wanted to leave surprise gifts of wine to her neighbors, friends, and strangers. Her work inspired hundreds of others to form similar groups, which now number around 78,000 members.
The fairies collect the addresses of wine lovers in their communities and ask which varieties of wine they would prefer to receive. The members—dressed in wings, tutus, and magic wands—then tiptoe to people’s doors, place their gifts on the stoops, ring the bells, and run for cover. It's a fun variation of ding-dong-ditch where people get presents.
It's early Christmas for helping people get buzzed. They're even working on alternative groups like the “Brotherhood of Booze and Beer” and a nonalcoholic version for kids.
“It’s all about bringing others happiness and making new relationships,” said 40-year-old Cara Rindell, who brought the movement to her home in Raleigh. “It starts off as a random act of kindness to a stranger and becomes a friendship with the neighbor you didn’t know you had.”
“It was supposed to be just the Raleigh area, but now we are in ten states, hoping to eventually launch into all 50 states,” said Rindell. “It is called the Sisterhood of the Traveling Wine, but the group is co-ed and it isn’t just about wine. We want to eventually include children all the way up to grandparents.”
“Cruise lines are reaching out to me, about even having a cruise for the sisterhood,” said Rindell. “This group started during COVID, but it’s not going to stop after COVID. I think we always need to be spreading kindness and cheer.”