The holidays are here! Today is the second night of Hanukkah with Christmas and Kwanzaa just around the corner. Plus, don’t forget New Year’s! We know that the rush to buy gifts for family members, friends and co-workers is in full swing. One short week after that, the pressure is on to bring a great bottle of wine to your New Year’s party. These wines are a great answer to your holiday gift giving quandary and will sure to be a hit at the New Year’s party.
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With the holidays upon us, it makes me think of Christmas and my wish lists of yore. It also makes me ponder how my adult would look. I thought about it and thought about. As an avowed oenophile, I decided that my adult wish list would be filled with amazing wines from around the world. The only drawback to my wishlist is that you might only get them if Santa has a very good year.
1 bottle of Sandeman Founders Reserve Port
24 oz apple cider
3 oz rye whiskey
1.5 oz maple syrup
2 Granny Smith apples
Dice apples and pears and set aside. Mix all remaining ingredients together in pitcher. Add in apples and pears. Let sit for at least 8-12 hours (or overnight).
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As the warm weather turns cold, I turn my attention to bigger fruity red wines. For some reasons, big red wines brings comfort. Maybe it’s because big red wines go so well with stews and heavy meat dishes, winter staples.
This weekend, we are focusing on one of my favorite Champagne houses – Taittinger. Not only does Tattinger make its namesake Tattinger Champagne, it also owns the California winery Domaine Carneros, which makes California sparkling wines in the champagne style.
I don’t know where you are, but where I am it’s damn cold! Here are 10 hot drinks that will warm you up:
Evening Nectar: Orange vodka is the base for this sweet and lightly spiced hot drink.
Texan Hot Chocolate: Vodka and orange liqueur help turn the already outstanding hot chocolate into a warm Texas treat.
Hot Apple Cider: Rum, apple cider and spices … who could ask for anything more?
Glogg: Swedish hot
With much fanfare, Wine Spectator announced their top 100 wines of 2011. Not surprisingly, the list was dominated by American, Italian and French selections, as well as representations from a number of other countries, such as Spain, South Africa and Australia. The majority of wines were in the $50 to $100 range with the top price topping out at $175 and the lowest at $9.