Mix of Wines of the Holidays Formula
Good Wine Gal’s recommends mix of bottles:
• Bubbles (x 3)
• White Wine (x 3)
• Red Wine (x 6)
• Port – don’t forget
Wine Occasions that bring Joy!
Christmas Eve Glühwein (glue-vine) is a warming treat that is only genuinely consumed at this time of year. Glühwein calls for quality wine that can be heated and treated with spices. Don’t let it boil! 20 minutes of warming and it should be good to go. Ladle into small cups or double layered glasses and sip.
Christmas Day is not just for whites. For some wine lovers, red wine with turkey is the only option. It all comes down to flavour. Try Pinot Noir. Whether from France or BC, Pinot Noir has a freshness and savoury quality with a little less alcohol that suits a flavourful beast, stuffing, gravy and roasted veggies being served to a tea.
New Year’s Day
New Year’s Day red wine is open to interpretation! The only requirement – it has to go with that beautiful Prime Rib Roast. Despite your late start to the day and your considerable fatigue, this is the first day for the rest of your life - so make it count.
International: Think big structured reds (alcohol, acidity, tannin, and flavour) from Bordeaux! Remember – left bank is based on blends with Cabernet Sauvignon and right bank is blends with Merlot (a bit rounder and softer). Decanting is always a great idea with styles from this region.
British Columbia: Not to be outdone by Fancy France, BC has some great styles of beautiful big, bold reds. Consider these choices and there are many:
How the Guide Works
When you click the International and non-VQA wine recommendation links, you will be taken to a shopping cart at Marquis Wine Cellars. With the first click, you will see the bottle and the discount in the cart. You can add as many bottles as you like (minimum is 12 for the Good Wine Gal 10% discount) and complete the transaction by filling in the details on the Marquis website. Free delivery is offered to customers in the Vancouver area.
When you click the BC VQA Wine link, you will be taken to the Swirl Wine Shop. With the first click you will arrive on the Swirl website and then enter the name of the wine into the search bar. You can continue shopping, adding to the shopping cart. Once you have six (6) bottles or more you will automatically receive the Good Wine Gal 10% discount. Free delivery is offered to customers in the Vancouver area.
Will you shop online? Has this blog helped you get organized for the festive holiday season? I hope so. At the end of the day, life is what we make it. During the holiday season, we can count on tradition and celebration, knowing that family is at the heart of it all. Sometimes road blocks appear and challenges rise up, but the human spirit is strong and as a community we can help each other, and that is a true gift. So here is my gift to you and yours. I hope the 12 Essential Wines of Christmas recommendations add to the quality of your holiday season. From my wine loving heart to yours – Happy Everything!