Holiday Survival Guide
As the holidays draw near, we find it’s important to take a moment to reflect on all the things we have to be thankful for then spend the rest of our time strategizing survival! Time spent with extended family, lofty expectations for a PERFECT meal, budget busting gift lists and holiday travel = yearning for January’s speedy arrival. Luckily, there is wine. As we all gear up for a big dose of holiday glee (and the universal stressors that are sure to accompany), we’d like to offer a few tips on how you can overcome this year’s madness with a little help from your good friend, wine!
Holiday meal planning
Hosting dinner this holiday season? The best way to avoid stress (and a scorched turkey) is to plan in advance. Elevate your guests’ experience through creative wine pairings. Serve a mix of well known, crowd pleasers with one or two more adventurous bottles thrown in for added interest. We suggest classics like Au Contraire Chardonnay and Secret Reserve Pinot Noir, in addition to lesser known, equally delicious choices like The Dot Austrian Cherry and Killka Torrontes.
Does your mantra become “I love my family, I love my family, I love my family!” every December? Avoid seating bickering relatives near one another by using adorable DIY place setting cards. Carefully cut a slit along the horizontal edge of a wine cork, insert pre-printed name cards and, voila! The risk of Uncle Jerry flinging mashed potatoes at Cousin Cheryl is instantly reduced.
Break the ice at your next holiday gathering with a wine-themed gift exchange. Assign guests different regions from around the world and ask them to bring a bottle from that region. Place all bottles in the center of the room, have guests draw numbers to determine choosing order and allow two steals per bottle to make things interesting. A few swipe worthy bottles to consider: Peter Yealands Sauvignon Blanc, Pere Ventura Tresor Brut Rose, Remy Pannier Vouvray and Bertani Valpolicella.
Airport wine bars
With increased air traffic and the near certainty of a massive blizzard crippling airports at the crux of holiday travel, it’s important to have a coping strategy in place. Luckily, most airports now include little sanctuaries for tired travelers in the form of wine bars. Many offer interactive educational experiences, so you can wait out your delay while sipping on a new world Pinot instead of next to grumpy would be passengers in the airport lounge.
Your brother who has everything, a difficult to buy for boss, your super, holiday gift buying can seem daunting. No need to stress! Wine makes an excellent gift and many come pre-gift wrapped in special holiday packaging (win, win!). Here are a few options that are sure to dazzle: Cinzano Asti and Cinzano Prosecco, Cavit Pinot Grigio / Pinot Noir combo and Faustino Gran Reserva.
Congratulations, holidays = conquered. Now pour yourself a glass, you deserve it!