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12 Wine Days of Christmas

Melani Sarhadi

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 presents

1. 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:
EX Wines 2019 Chardonnay (91 Points)
Madroña Vineyards 2018 Malbec (Special Selection)

Advent Calendar

2. 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:
Toccata Wines 2021 White Blend (Special Selection)
Vine Cliff 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon (92 points)

Decorating the Christmas tree

3. 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 Grüner Veltliner or Zinfandel would pair excellently with the new, fresh pine smell filling your heart and home.

Our Recommendations:
Premonition Cellars 2019 Zinfandel (Double Gold Medal)
Purple Dragon Wine Cellars 2019 Zinfandel (50 Cases Produced)

Decorating Gingerbread Man

4. 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:
Riaza 2020 Sauvignon Blanc (Special Selection)
Kendric Vineyards 2018 Pinot Noir (93+ Points)

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

5. 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:
AJA Vineyards 2016 Syrah (91 Points)
Meadowlark 2015 Syrah (Gold Medal)

Singing along to Christmas music

6. 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 Chardonnay or Tempranillo.

Our Recommendations:
Famiglia Bianchi 2018 Chardonnay (Exclusive import from Argentina!)
Dani Gold 2020 Chardonnay (Silver Medal)

Wine by the fire

7. 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:
Painted Fields 2020 Red Blend (Special Selection)
Thacher Winery 2017 Red Blend (94 Points)

Watching Christmas movies with wine

8. 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:
Section Wines 2020 Viognier (85 Cases Produced)
Mountain View Vintners 2021 Merlot (Special Selection)

White Elephant Party with wine

9. 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 few bottles of Rosé in your arsenal, you’ll definitely leave your gift recipient leaving feeling very merry.

Our Recommendations:
Diablo Paso 2021 Rosé (Special Selection)
Madroña Vineyards 2021 Rosé (Special Selection)


10. 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:
Riaza 2020 Grenache Blanc (Special Selection)
Vigo 2016 Grenache (Only 425 Cases Produced)

Christmas Brunch with wine

11. 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 our exclusive Champagnes imported directly from France!

Our Recommendations:
Vincent d'Astree Brut Champagne (93 Points)
Vincent d'Astree 2011 Brut Champagne (94 Points)

Christmas Dinner wine toast

12. Christmas Dinner

To rein in the Christmas season, add a bottle 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:
Crown Point 2016 Red Blend (97 Points)
Sullivan 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon (95 Points)

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