Like countless other working stiffs, I look forward to those hard-earned moments when I can sit down in my favorite chair (or anywhere, really), exhale, and sip a good drink. It’s our time, however brief, to unplug and recharge; and mine is made all the more redemptive by my beverage of choice, which has filled that time with great-tasting sensory pleasure, but also with education and discovery: wine. As any dedicated wine drinker knows, that experience is only as good as the know-how and access afforded by your supplier. And there are important contingencies to consider. Namely, that for reasons of convenience (wine stores close early; the bottles are heavy) and cost (in the long run you’re going to pay more for a bottle you hastily pick up at the corner store than you are if you have a well-chosen case or two on hand), wine is best bought in bulk—and variety. All big reasons why I’m excited that Gilt is getting into the wine business, with a weekly series of smartly curated sales. Today it all begins with a group of small-production wines from the Napa Valley chosen by Porthos, a heralded California wine merchant. And if full-bodied California varietals aren’t your thing, Gilt will be bringing a different theme, and curator, to the equation each week. Think of it as your route to the wine knowledge—and the down time—that every man needs.