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12 Wine Days of Christmas

Melani Sarhadi

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There’s nothing like the Holiday season to leave you with a warm, fuzzy feeling inside — other than wine that is! Here’s a list of twelve, exciting Holiday activities that get even better with a glass (or two) of wine from your most recent wine of the month club shipment:

Women wrapping presents1. Wrapping Presents

After hours of searching the mall for the perfect gifts for your loved ones, there’s a sigh of relief that escapes upon stepping into your cozy home. Sitting down with a roll of wrapping paper, scissors, and tape, you’re excited to get down to business! And what better companion to help you than a glass of Chardonnay or Malbec.

Our Recommendations:
Myka 2016 Chardonnay (Double Gold Medal)
Camino D'Oro 2016 Malbec (Special Selection)

Advent Calendar2. Chocolate Advent Calendar

Day by day, pushing down cardboard flap by cardboard flap, another chocolate surprise awaits you! And of course, it would be cruel of you to separate arguably the longest of lovers...chocolate & wine. Time to open up a bottle of Roussanne or Cabernet Sauvignon and let them continue their ageless romance.

Our Recommendations:
Site 2014 Roussanne (94 Points)
Venge 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (95 points)

Decorating the Christmas tree3. Decorating the Christmas tree

You carefully selected the tree, strapped it to the car, brought it in, and now you’re finally ready to decorate. A bottle of Grenache Blanc or Zinfandel would pair excellently with the new, fresh pine smell filling your heart and home.

Our Recommendations:
Buscador 2016 Grenache Blanc (Only 112 cases produced)
Hughes 2014 Zinfandel (Only 276 cases produced)

Decorating Gingerbread Man4. Gingerbread Making

Sweet, sweet molasses! From the flour to the gooey dough, gingerbread making can get messy. A nice refreshment for your trouble (and for the six cookies you’re just eating to “taste” when you’re done) would be a glass of Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Noir.

Our Recommendations:
Shutter 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (90 Points)
Frostwatch 2013 Pinot Noir (90 Points)

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party5. Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Time to get the fa la la la la la la llama sweater out! To add to the spirit of Holiday cheer, you should supply your light-hearted party with a few bottles of Syrah or Chenin blanc.

Our Recommendations:
Coda 2014 Syrah (92 Points)
Avondale 2015 Chenin Blanc (Exclusive import from South Africa!)

Singing along to Christmas music6. Singing along to Christmas music

Whether you’re more of a classic or new-age Christmas music lover, you must admit that the familiar melodies pull the heartstrings like no other. And since ‘tis the season to be jolly...might as well pour yourself a glass of Vermentino or Carménère.

Our Recommendations:
Caccia al Piano 2017 Vermentino (Exclusive import from Italy!)
Longaví 2015 Carménère (Exclusive import from Chile!)

Wine by the fire7. Sitting by a Warm Fire

Sit back. Relax. Roast a marshmallow or a chestnut or two. Let the crackling, sparking fire in front of you warm your outsides, while a glass of a White Blend or Red Blend warms your insides simultaneously.

Our Recommendations:
Tercero 2014 White Blend (93 Points)
Picayune 2015 Red Blend (94 Points)

Watching Christmas movies with wine8. Watching Christmas movies

Don’t be a Grinch or a Scrooge! Offer your guest a glass of Viognier or Merlot to enjoy the movie night you’re hosting. Then light your favorite candle and let the screening commence.

Our Recommendations:
Ferguson 2014 Viognier (92 Points)
Cedergreen 2008 Merlot (Only 156 cases produced)

White Elephant Party with wine9. White Elephant Party

Your sibling may think they brought the best gift to the game with their fancy, six-slice toaster, but little do they stepped it up this year! With a 6-bottle Rosé combo case in your arsenal, you’ll definitely leave your gift recipient leaving feeling very merry.

Our Recommendations:
California Rosé Special

Mistletoe10. Catching Yourself Under the Mistletoe

You’re grinning from ear to ear, surrounded by all your best friends at the most delightful Holiday party. You catch one of your friends motioning you to look up...and just what are they pointing at? You’ve been caught under the mistletoe! And what would be the perfect wine to be in your hand at this exact moment of time? Why a Riesling or Grenache of course!

Our Recommendations:
Jason Stephens 2012 Riesling (Special Selection)
Cavaletti 2016 Grenache (Only 52 cases produced)

Christmas Brunch with wine11. Christmas Brunch

Brunch may be one of man’s greatest creations...add Christmas day to it and it just might be the best afternoon of the whole year. Welcome your most loved ones into your home with the best bubbly...choose from two of our exclusive Champagnes imported directly from France!

Our Recommendations:
Gyejacquot Frères Champagne (92 Points)
Bernard Remy Champagne (92 Points)

Christmas Dinner wine toast12. Christmas Dinner

To rein in the Christmas season, add a bottle of Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon from our Diamond Wine Club to your carefully prepared Christmas dinner menu. Your guests will be sure to be impressed by both your cooking and your wine selection.

Our Recommendations:
Moone Tsai 2014 Chardonnay (94 Points)
Janzen 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (96 Points)

And that ladies and how to appropriately wine about the Holidays. And don't forget about sending Wine Club Gifts!